Wake up, people! Wake up! Time is short.
It matters NOT whether you style your spiritual identity as an agnostic, atheist, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu, Zoroastrian, Rastafarian, Jew, Nativist, Practioner of Spiritual Yoga, American salad-bar sampler of faiths, a skeptical spectator or loyalist to one of the many flavors of Christianity that offer themselves nowadays.
There is only ONE Truth and His Name ought be capitalized.
Faster than you can imagine, and in ways you and I cannot fully know, we will ALL be asked — in fact we are being asked, whether we know it or not — to make a binary and permanent choice. With it, we are also subscribing to the myriad serious and painful challenges that pertain to living it out — a fact that, quite ironically, many Christians may realize far less than their pagan counterparts.
By “permanent” I do not mean merely “til death do us part” but rather: What’s your final answer? Where do you want to spend all eternity?
“I don’t know,” “we can’t know,” “I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it,” and “you’ve got your faith; I’ve got mine” are not sufficient. The chasm is widening; the bridge getting more precarious. Soon enough it will break. (The pictures below appeared in our local paper on March 15th, the Ides of March, after the massive Northeast storm. I will get back to them later-on in this post.)
Recorded in Luke 16:26 is Jesus’ story of the rich man (in hell) and Lazarus (in paradise) Jesus recounts Abraham as saying to the man in hell (aka, the underworld):
…between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.
Egypt’s version of one of those underworld “gods” is Anubis. A 25-foot-tall statue of Anubis (some reports say 22 feet) sailed into New York Modern Babylon Harbor on a barge yesterday (March 23rd) in triumphant pose, exactly seven days before Pesach as the Hebrews count, on the same day the health deathcare bill became law.
(On the same date, exactly 77 years earlier, Hitler legally obtained plenary powers to rule by decree by signing “The Enabling Act.” H/T TamZ.)
He has “his suitcase at his feet,” his pagan “baggage” which has traveled the world (note the stickers) symbolically poised to be “unpacked” on our shores. (H/T: jim)
(I can’t even begin to summarize all of the diligent, Holy Spirit-led work Charmaine did on Egyptian mythology and history, e.g., Anubis, Tut and Pharaoh and their close associations with Obama on her blog, Running From Babylon, long before it became as obvious as it did yesterday. E.g., see here, here, here and here.)
Anubis appears to confront Lady Liberty directly, staring at her breasts and lifting up her skirts to expose her nakedness with his rod of power. That exposure is symbolic of the judgment that is now befalling us. We may chafe and rail in anger and bitterness at the human figures carrying it out, but that does not mean it is unwarranted by our sins.
For this crowd I scarcely need list them. 37 years’ worth of moral wandering in a wilderness of our own making… 37 years’ worth of legally-sanctioned, industrialized killing of babies being among the foremost stenches of death in God’s nostrils, but hardly the only one on the dung-heap of carelessly arrogant, un-atoned self-reliance.
In much the same way, our freedom of self-determination around our own literal nakedness (i.e., the health of our bodies) has been exposed and enslaved to death in the centralized* IRS-enforced health deathcare law. *(I don’t use the term ‘Federal’ as it implies a constellation of free and independent entities, i.e., the states.)
The posture of Anubis and the Statue of Liberty is one of utmost humiliation for our nation matched in irony only by the fact that yesterday (the day the president signed the health deathcare bill) was the 235th anniversary of Patrick Henry’s famous “Give me liberty or give me death” speech, which kicked off the shooting portion of the American Revolution at Lexington 27* days later, less than two miles from the house in which I grew up.
(According to Bullinger three, “stands for that which is solid, real, substantial, complete and entire”. Three cubed, or twenty-seven, can therefore be read as the dimensioning of that reality. In other words, making what is real in minds and hearts viscerally real in physical space. Henry’s words were turned into action — and blood — three-cubed days later.)
Here then we see the pagan god of death directly in opposition to liberty herself. (Technically, Anubis is the god of mummification and the “afterlife”.)
The journey and the view are much the same as what millions of “poor, tired, huddled masses yearning to be free” experienced upon arrival at Ellis Island just a mile away. Fleeing various kinds of poverty and enslavement in their home countries, the hopes of those immigrants rested on the vast possibilities this nation offered them to work, and to work out the purposes of their Creator in and with their lives. Settling here for good and populating the land became their legacy. (I don’t know if I’m more disturbed by the “lifting the skirts” shot above or the one of unwittingly-idolatrous schoochildren, below.)
The statue of Anubis brings the sad, upside-down, bitterly ironic “hope” of de-populating the land, reducing hard work and pushing aside the Creator’s clear, revealed will in favor of a host of pagan abominations.
The symbolism could not be more blatant in antagonism to the values Ellis immigrants sought to claim. Unlike the power-based, enslaving values Anubis represents, they knew they would need to “melt” into the “pot” of American values (rooted in God’s) of equality and freedom for the individual.
Unlike the blessed act of the One True God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in rescuing the Israelites from enslavement, the heart of Obama-Pharoah has been hardened to the clear wishes of three-quarters of the people of this country, pushing through the health deathcare law on the flimsiest of margins and through some of the more blatant corruption in recent memory at those levels.
Shortly after the symbolically significant burned house I wrote about yesterday was constructed (1850) British scholar Alexander Hislop dealt with Anubis in his landmark book, “The Two Babylons” (first published as a pamphlet in 1854). He touches on Anubis in several places, but does so most extensively in chapter 42:
Now, the Chaldean [Babylonian] doctrine of justification, as we get light on it from the monuments of Egypt, is symbolised in… that the good deeds and the bad seem to have been weighed separately, and a distinct record made of each, so that when both were summed up and the balance struck, judgment was pronounced accordingly… Anubis and his scales are often represented… [in Egyptian] judgment scenes, previous to the admission of the dead to Paradise:
“Cerberus is present as the guardian of the gates, near which the scales of justice are erected; and Anubis, the director of the weight, having placed a vase representing the good actions of the deceased in one scale, and the figure or emblem of truth in the other, proceeds to ascertain his claims for admission. If, on being weighed, he is found wanting, he is rejected, and Osiris, the judge of the dead, inclining his sceptre in token of condemnation, pronounces judgment upon him, and condemns his soul to return to earth under the form of a pig or some unclean animal…..But if, when the SUM of his deeds are recorded by Thoth [who stands by to mark the results of the different weighings of Anubis], his virtues so far PREDOMINATE as to entitle him to admission to the mansions of the blessed, Horus, taking in his hand the tablet of Thoth, introduces him to the presence of Osiris, who, in his palace, attended by Isis and Nepthys, sits on his throne in the midst of the waters, from which rises the lotus, bearing upon its expanded flowers the four Genii of Amenti.”
The same mode of symbolising the justification by works had evidently been in use in Babylon itself; and, therefore, there was great force in the Divine handwriting on the wall, when the doom of Belshazzar went forth: “Tekel,” “Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting.” [Daniel 5]
To some (perhaps many) the Anubis-Babylon system may sound instinctively “fair”, however it is utterly anathema to the one the Father Yahweh offers by his grace through Christ. By definition, we cannot earn grace. Nor can the two be combined, as many imagine. To accept one is logically to deny the other (e.g., among many, see Romans 11:6).
(How does the imperfect move beyond its flaws if not by an act of the perfect? We Americans like to think we can “lift ourselves up by our own bootstraps” but such a thing does not work in the spiritual realm.) Unlike Anubis (or the IRS which will now be overseeing your health and well-being) Yahweh can and does forgive anyone of anything if only they will accept His Son’s taking our punishment for us.
(If someone offers to pay your traffic ticket and you refuse for some reason, e.g., pride, disbelief that it’s “too good to be true” or that “there must be a catch”, you have to go to court and argue your case yourself. The one time I was in traffic court, that strategy proved less-than-useful. One is then left with paying the ticket oneself. If you can’t pay, you are left with no other recourse. It is in realizing the immensity of our gratitude for that love and relief of sin-debt that we act in ways which may appear to outsiders be in pursuit of that relief and that love. It took me years of mealy-mouthed sub-par guidance before I got this sequence straightened-out properly.)
Later in the chapter, Hislop cites Hosea 12:7 in which the Lord indicts Ephraim for using man-made economic “scales” in arrogance to do its own “weighing”:
7 A merchant, in whose hands are false balances, he [Ephraim] loves to oppress. 8 Ephraim has said, “Ah, but I am rich; I have found wealth for myself; in all my labors they cannot find in me iniquity or sin…” 14 Ephraim has given bitter provocation; so his Lord will leave his bloodguilt on him and will repay him for his disgraceful deeds.
Astute readers will note several remarkable things which align in this text. First are the many close parallels, across all of Hosea’s prophetic words, with America today. Read it and see for yourself how it accords with the last several years of news.
Second is the echo, in Yahweh’s synopsis of Ephraim’s boast, in Jesus’ condemnation of the Laodicean church in Revelation 3:17 — the “lukewarm” church which he “vomits” up and which is widely regarded as descriptive of the American church today. (Lao + dicea = democratic; of the people).
For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.
Third and most precariously, is Herbert W. Armstrong’s identification of the United States with Ephraim in his controversial 1960′s-era book “The US and UK in Prophecy.” I would not go to bat on behalf of many of his claims. They are tempting but in the end overreaching in terms of genetic and geographic legacy. Nonetheless, as most here probably know, even the worst of pagan pop-culture dreck can offer up pearls of Biblical wisdom for those who know what to look for. In that light, Armstrong’s broad association of Ephraim with the U.S. in apostasy and attitude is at least interesting in light of the Hosea 12:7 text and it’s association with Anubis.
Several readers noted, last night (thank you all!) that the president used 22 pens to sign the health deathcare bill into law.
As the WaPo reports:
Ever try to sign your name with 22 pens? Not so easy… [the] commemorative pens… were handed out to key congressional leaders and others who helped pass the legislation. It took the lefty more than 90 seconds to pick up each of the 22 pens and make a small portion of each letter in his name — and yeah, the signature probably looks a little weird. “We are done!” he announced with the final stroke.
The White House didn’t release details about the custom-made pens — complete with the presidential seal and signature — but aides to one recipient confirmed (on super-secret background) that they were black and manufactured by Cross.
In addition to the shocking and blatant highlighted material (a “final stroke”… on the health deathcare bill, “we are done” echoing with Christ’ triumphant words “it is finished” secretly executed with a CROSS pen!) E.W. Bullinger writes of twenty-two:
…being the double of eleven, [it] has the significance of that number in an intensified form,—disorganization and disintegration, especially in connection with the Word of God. For the number two is associated with the second person of the Godhead, the living Word.
It is associated with the worst of Israel’s kings,—Jeroboam (1 Kings 14:20), and Ahab (1 Kings 16:29), each reigning 22 years.
Eleven, we have seen, derives its significance by being an addition to Divine order (10), and a subtraction from Divine rule (12). These are two of the three ways in which the written Word of God can be corrupted—the third being alteration. “The words of the LORD are pure words”… [but] have been altered, taken from, and added to by man.
What more needs to be said? The same usurper-ruler who once described himself as a modern Tutankhamon (pharaoh) has once again hardened his heart, saying it is for our good. He and the spiritual symbolism that keeps popping up around him with exquisite timing — both deliberately and inadvertently — shows him standing up more and more boldly in opposition to the one Creator God Yahweh and imitation of His One and only Son, Jesus Christ. The system he represents is wholly of this world — a world that is passing away from one utterly different and distinct from it, across an un-spannable chasm. Which brings us back to the pictures I included above (see again below):
[UPDATE: Just realized... in the second Anubis photo, with the kids, the golden idol is visually cutting the Brooklyn Bridge (one across which I've run many many times on various business trips to the city.) That's not a prediction of any kind of terrorist action but rather a symbolic element I didn't realize harmonized with this other broken bridge across another artery vital to urban commerce. END UPDATE]
The one on the left appeared in large format on the front page of our local paper last week under the headline “The tides of March” (it was taken March 15th, the Ides of March; the photo on the right is the same washout from a different perspective.) Wikipedia seems to be down at the moment, but Google’s cached version has this to say about the date and the phrase “beware the Ides of March”:
“Et tu, Brute?”… or “You also, Brutus?” is a Latin phrase often used poetically to represent the last words of Roman dictator Julius Caesar. Immortalized by Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, the quotation is widely used in Western culture as an epitome of betrayal.
On March 15 (the Ides of March), 44 BC, Caesar was attacked by a group of senators, including Marcus Junius Brutus, Caesar’s close friend. Caesar initially resisted his attackers, but when he saw Brutus, he supposedly spoke those words and resigned himself to his fate.
One could insert any number of characters, including the majority of the American public into the role of the betrayed, dying Caesar “attacked by a group of senators” and a “close friend” in the time of “44″, however as of 3-15-10, Israel and Benjamin Netanyahu best fit the bill.
When I first saw that picture of washed out train tracks (the MBTA’s crucial ‘D’ line connecting Boston’s most heavily Jewish communities, Newton and Brookline to its core) I thought: there must be something to this. The rest of the headline and caption read as follows:
700 homes, businesses, T tracks deluged: Water washed away the earth below the D Line, near Glen Avenue… T service has been suspended while the MBTA figures out repairs.
The D-line goes from a station within feet of the site where five died at the ‘spark’ of the American Revolution, the Boston Massacre, through those super-Jewish communities, finally stopping at Riverside (think the last book in scripture, Revelation 22, and the river of life). It also connects what was once the ultra-WASPY Boston ‘Brahmin’ downtown to the major Jewish places of living and worship.
Any way you want to play the narrative behind it, the visual story was one of disconnection and hanging-by-a-thread all with the threat of being cut off entirely. All of that in the context of a Noah-like “deluge” that “washed away the earth” and made 700 homes almost as unlivable as the threat of UN and/or US action against the 1600 in Jerusalem. (I could go into a whole ‘thing’ about the numbers on each of those, but you’ve probably all got that drill down pat by now.
The real-life parable here seems to speak to much more than I thought it did the day the paper came out and the Spirit told me to wait. It’s emblematic not only of the US-Israeli relationship but of our relationship with God. The chasm is widening. There will come a time of cutting off — for each of us, but also, eventually, for this country and the whole world. We must each make a choice to jump to one side or the other, not taking for granted our easy access between the two worlds of Babylon-Egypt and the things of God in Christ. To stand in the middle is to fall in the gap and be swept away.
UPDATE: Above I noted that the German Reichstag passed (and Hitler signed) the “Enabling Act” exactly 77 years before Obama signed the health deathcare bill (March 23rd, 1933 vs. 2010.) I know it’s often frustrating to click through to so many links; because the connection left me speechless, I quote the bulk of it below. No, it isn’t precisely the same but yes, don’t think for a second it cannot happen here.
Just before the vote, Hitler made a speech to the Reichstag in which he pledged to use restraint. “The government will make use of these powers only insofar as they are essential for carrying out vitally necessary measures…The number of cases in which an internal necessity exists for having recourse to such a law is in itself a limited one.” – Hitler told the Reichstag.
He also promised an end to unemployment and pledged to promote peace with France, Great Britain and the Soviet Union. But in order to do all this, Hitler said, he first needed the Enabling Act.
A two thirds majority was needed… [so he made] a false promise to restore some basic rights already taken away by decree. However, one man arose amid the overwhelming might. Otto Wells, leader of the Social Democrats stood up and spoke quietly to Hitler.
“We German Social Democrats pledge ourselves solemnly in this historic hour to the principles of humanity and justice, of freedom and socialism. No enabling act can give you power to destroy ideas which are eternal and indestructible.”
This enraged Hitler and he jumped up to respond.
“You are no longer needed! – The star of Germany will rise and yours will sink! Your death knell has sounded!”