Culture and Enmity with God

I happened to catch the old Bruce Willis movie “Armageddon” on television the other night about halfway through. When the movie was released, I thought (and still do) that the title was stupid in the extreme, even though the term “Armageddon” is used in culture to refer to the end of the world or civilization in general. It just seemed that Hollywood grabbed any old end-of-the-world word and slapped it on the movie. Call me weird, but nothing bothers me like stupid titles for either books or movies.

For lack of anything better to do, I started watching the movie from the point where the crew is preparing to launch to space and begin their mission. Cue the montage of people around the world with the slow motion footage of the mission crew heading to the launch pad and boarding the shuttle, and the obligatory presidential voice-over, given by actor Stanley Anderson. I gave the speech a few half-hearted scoffs as it started off with the usual global citizen nonsense, but I perked up and started paying attention when I heard this:

“The bible calls this day Armageddon, the end of all things.”

Wait, what?

And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.

Revelation 16:12-16.

The bible does not say that Armageddon is an imminent meteor impact, but with the sentence above, the whole speech takes a dark turn. With that sentence, the movie says, “This speech is not talking about the coming meteor, but the coming Christ.” Here is the speech in its entirety.

“I address you tonight not at the President of the United States, not as the leader of a country, but as a citizen of humanity.

“We are faced with the very gravest of challenges. The bible calls this day Armageddon, the end of all things. [TDWK— Here the speaker has identified what this ‘gravest of challenges” really is.] And yet, for the first time in the history of the planet, a species has the technology to prevent its own extinction. All of you praying with us need to know that everything that can be done to prevent this disaster is being called into service. The human thirst for excellence, knowledge, every step up the ladder of science, every adventurous reach into space, all of our combined modern technologies and imaginations, even the wars that we have fought have provided us the tools to wage this terrible battle. Through all the chaos that is our history, for all the wrongs and discord, through all the pain and suffering, through all of our times, there is one thing that has nourished our souls and elevated our species above its origins, and that is our courage. The dreams of an entire planet are focused tonight on those fourteen brave souls traveling into the heavens. May we all, citizens of the world over, see these events through. God speed and good luck to you.” 1

 

Reading this speech with the perspective that it is speaking of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ changes its tenor completely. What originally sounded like a typical do-or-die, go-get-‘em speech now sounds hubristic and rebellious. The return of Jesus is now the “very gravest of challenges.” He is coming to bring about the extinction of the species. In truth, he comes to bring about extinction of the satanic world order forever. Everything that can be done to prevent his return is being called into service. All of humanity’s vast knowledge, experience, science, warfare, technologies and imaginations are weapons to be deployed against Him. It isn’t God that has nourished humanity through the chaos and pain, but human courage, and human courage has elevated man above his origin (i.e. his Creator, God Almighty). Sounds like the Luciferic boast of Isaiah 14:12-14, doesn’t it?

(For some extra fun, do a little research on the word “imaginations” in the Bible. You’ll find gems like this. “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God.” 2 Corinthians 10:5a.)

I could continue to pick this speech apart and find all kinds of heinous things, but why belabor the issue? The point here is that this movie was made almost twenty years ago, and in it we find cleverly disguised yet obvious satanic defiance of Christ. Our culture is rife with stuff like this today, but it was twenty years ago also. People like to say that things in America shifted from the glory days of post-WWII and the 1950s and turned our culture toward this dark path. They like to blame the sixties, or the hippies, or Woodstock, or Elvis Presley, or the Beatles. But somebody didn’t just turn the lights off on the world one day in 1965; the lights the world over have been dimming toward that great and terrible day of God’s wrath since Adam and Eve first fell.

The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and hastens greatly, even the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly.

That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of devastation and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness.

Zephaniah 1:14-15 AKJV

This is the kind of stuff with which our movies, television programs, news, advertisements, sports, and music are peppered. It is everywhere, and it increases in volume and brazenness with passing time. When things like this are pointed out, they are poo-pooed by supposed experts as religious, right-wing paranoia and conspiracy-nut whackery, but in the occult, symbolism is taken with deadly seriousness. If subliminal messaging is as ridiculously ineffective as we have all been told for decades, then why is it used all the time in advertising? Because it isn’t ineffective; it is effective, which means it makes a difference.

Look around as you go through your day, as you watch television or movies, listen to music or the news. How many things do you see that are representations of occult symbols? We are so inured to them that we see nothing at first, until you finally spot one, and your eyes are opened.  This isn’t something for you to be worried or alarmed about. It is to get you to see just how much satanic influence pervades the things in our world. It is literally everywhere. By seeing this, one can better understand the truth of the scripture, “Friendship with the world is enmity with God” (James 4:4).

 

1 . Bruckheimer, J. (Producer), & Bay, M. (Director). (1998). Armageddon [Motion picture]. United States: Touchstone Pictures.

 

 

 

 

 

A Change of Direction

As you may have noticed, I haven’t posted here in almost nine months. After the election, I didn’t come across anything that made me feel compelled to comment. In fact, I was exhausted from it all, and ended up taking a hiatus from posting here.

I am still primarily focused on bible prophecy as it might be found in current events, but I feel that it is time for an expansion of this blog’s direction. While away from here, I have been watching the circus that current events and news have become. I have tried to make sense of it all. It makes no sense. The individual stories are a maelstrom of idiocy and evil. Taken as a whole, the overriding theme seems to be a concerted, coordinated offensive of evil against what few bastions of good and freedom remain in this world. That’s no big surprise, nor is it anything new, except that just from my own humble, low-to-the-horizon point of view, I’ve never seen anything like it to this magnitude.

What I have acquired during this time off is a rising feeling of alarm. I see an utterly untenable situation in the west, and when somebody steps up to breach the gap and stop the decline of the west, they are swarmed by the most bizarre coalition of attackers imaginable, groups that on the surface have no connection (or worse, have overt conflict of philosophies). If one believes that God is truly in control of the affairs of men (as I do), then to wring hands and ponder what it all means is really a waste of time. Whoever sits in the White House, or any other seat of power, has been placed there by God for his purposes. We can speculate what those purposes are in the short-term (we know what they are long-term), but even that has a very limited value. We know where this is all going; at best, analyzing it all tells us where along the path we are.

The alarm I feel isn’t that the end is near. It is near, and that is the one thing that gives me hope. No, the alarm I feel is at the growing revelation of how deluded, deceived, and disconnected people are, and at the surge of hypnotic garbage being hurled at them. Day and night, 24/7/365, we are hosed with an endless, vile stream of immoral emesis designed to distract and anesthetize us.  And while I have always been aware of an undercurrent of occultism and anti-Christian/anti-Jewish sentiment in media, I have recently become more sensitive to it, and not just because it’s getting worse and more blatant. I could go all day long and find things for you that are loaded with occult symbolism; it would be like trying to find garbage at a landfill. But some of those things, in their context, are loaded with import.

So, prophecy is still an important thing to consider because, as I said above, it helps us to know where we are on the road map to the end, but I hope to expand into exposing some of the poison “they” are trying to feed us. If we learn some of what they are doing to us and how they are doing it, it can only make us wiser and less susceptible to it. I also hope to include some actual bible teaching and exposition. Overall, this new direction is to wake people up to the world, the imminence of its end, and the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I can’t guarantee that I won’t vent about something periodically, but politics for politics’ sake won’t be the topic.