Thursday, July 19, 2018

Is Armageddon The End Of The World?

It's very likely that you've heard the word Armageddon many dozens, or hundreds of times in movie or book titles, television and radio. There's never been a period in history when the word was used so often, and over-used, in place of ordinary words like catastrophe. Weather people love to joke about impending "Snow-mageddon!" here in the eastern U.S. A word that once struck people with terror has lost its power over time. 

For two thousand years, when great crises afflicted nations, people thought Armageddon had finally arrived. When Rome fell; when Islam slaughtered Christians by the hundreds of thousands, burned entire capital cities, and took parts of Europe; when the Black Death killed one-third of the citizenry of the known world; and even when Napoleon marched through Europe and Russia, people cried "Armageddon!" They thought the Little Emperor was surely the Anti-Christ, who goes hand-in-hand with the prophesied End of Days. 

Times are very different now. We've survived WWI and the Spanish Flu (68 to 118 million dead), Hitler, Stalin, WWII, nuclear weapons proliferation, hundreds of incinerated cities, the Cold War, Mao, Pol Pot; and the combat, famine, and plague deaths of many more hundreds of millions. Casualties - as opposed to deaths from the 20th Century's Apocalypse - are surely in the billions. The Armageddon of Biblical prophecy actually began in 1914, and it's coming to an end now. 

A global and instantaneous computer network of video media wraps our planet like a ball of string. The Bible, all other religious scriptures, and lies of astonishing insanity are at our fingertips, electronically. Two thousand years ago this was prophesied, and now it's come to pass. The Final Battle is at hand. 

The word Armageddon first appeared in Revelation, the last chapter of the New Testament, written in the late 1st Century. It describes a series of horrific - and beautiful - events leading to Christ's return, and His judgment of us all. 

Armageddon (derived from the Hebrew words Har Megiddo) is a place in northern Israel, an ancient battlefield south of the modern city of Haifa. Several important historical wars were fought there starting in the 15th Century B.C. with Pharaoh Thutmose III and his Canaanite enemies. The Egyptian victory at Har Megiddo secured their empire for many centuries afterward. The location of Armageddon is significant. It's in the center of the Near East, the nexus of world conflict. 

This portion of the Middle East (Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, Cyprus, Egypt, southern Turkey and Iran) was once well-watered and very productive. It's  been called The Fertile Crescent and the Cradle of Civilization for ages. The first agricultural societies were born there about 9,000 years ago, and civilization as we understand it started when people gave up wandering and began farming and keeping animals. For the first time in history land had enduring value. Written language was perfected, and records, contracts, and histories could be kept. The wheel, bronze, glass, wine, leavened bread, and irrigation were invented. Men and women learned new occupations, specialties according to their talents, and wealth grew. Political power did too, and armies were formed to preserve that power and wealth. Great cities of enduring stone were raised up; rivalries developed and were compounded. 

Those few thousand square miles of richness have ever since been a source of bitter tension and war. The age-old arguments over human rights, slavery, law, religion, and the limits of power caught fire. The first legal codes were written down, and ethical monotheism (Judaism and Christianity) came into being. 

Now the end of Armageddon, Judgment Day, is approaching, and these conflicts will finally be settled for all time. Many will read this and think it alarmist, even hysterical. But ask yourself, what will happen when your life comes to its inevitable end? Our own last day may as well be the world's last day. None of us can claim there won't be an individual judgment day for our souls. 

Even if you're not a Bible-reading Christian you know what the end foretells. Or do you? Most people think it's another nightmarish global war with many more mass deaths, and the end of our civilization. But it's actually an event that ushers in a brand new world, an act of God that nobody has ever seen.  
This final act on the Last Day is a rebirth of civilization, and a new life vastly better than we can imagine. Do not be afraid if you are a person of faith. You are safe. It's the faithless, hateful, mad, ignorant, arrogant and blind enemies of God who are going to be swept away forever. 

                 This is why there must be an end to the world we have known. 

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Political Reflections

Many truths well-known to our 19th Century ancestors are despised by the political Left in our time, and have been for over a hundred years. One truth is that without faith in God, the "Creator...[who] endowed... certain unalienable Rights" to us, then the faith of our American Founders - and the documents they produced - are bogus and delusional. If there is no God, there's no reason for the United States, its close allies, or their people to have any remarkable position in the world. We all must join the EU, the UN, and be happily seated with committees that govern and regulate the masses with a totalitarian, iron hand.  

It's doubly ironic that the Charter of the United Nations refers to the rights of man in language that imitates the Declaration of Independence, where they first appeared. The constitutions of the world's freest nations do this also. The only nations that don't use this foundational language are totalitarian states which believe only the "masses" have rights, which are determined by a dictatorial ruling class. 

The Left recognizes nothing as unalterable Truth. Since Marx and Nietzsche became world prophets, actual events are mere "narratives" which take the place of Truth. Good and Evil are only opinions, and opinions change at the whim of the powerful. In this way the masses are controlled and history is rewritten all the time. Permanent revolution takes the place of real life. Godless human beings know no limits and can be nothing but monsters, capable of every evil. Only an ethical, single Creator God holds the True Measuring Rod, the unchangeable secret of Good and Evil.

It's been proved that expectations are a critical factor to our happiness. The Left promises a Utopia that never existed, doesn't exist, and has failed to appear every time nations buy into the idea. Venezuela, Cuba, North Korea, Brazil, Argentina... the list of failed states is long. Their misery has no end. Only when individuals are free to work, buy, sell, and engage in all commerce without undue government interference, will they prosper. There is no freedom without economic freedom.

The Left will have you believe you're special, "empowered", even godlike, if you follow them. But unrealistic assessments of our talents and abilities will lead to crushing disappointment and depression when we fail. And we will fail in competition, at least sometimes. There's always someone with more talent and skill than we have. Yet we can learn from our failures, and still prosper mightily in a free society. Most wealthy and successful men and women experienced many failures. 

Truly great talent is very rare in the world, but we can be deceived by the media and social networks to believe we're geniuses. If people are taught to think the world can be molded by special, educated, and enlightened elites (and they can be one of the elite), they're further doomed. 
The world keeps recycling the same issues, tragedies, and disasters; along with a few successes. Moses, the Israelites, and their battle with Pharaoh is little different from the American Revolution, or the collapse of the Soviet Union. "There is no new thing under the sun", says the Book of Ecclesiastes. 

Israel, the U.S., and the Western Tradition 

The Israelites as a whole were not a virtuous people, but God chose them anyway. The few who chose to "wrestle with God" (the true meaning of the word Israel), were enough to earn God's blessings for all. Trump is a sinner, this writer is a sinner, and you're a sinner. Trump may be a much better person than you think. I may be, and you may be. Only God knows for sure. But what we are not is atheist and anti-theist. America welcomed Jews from its earliest days, and since the middle 1600's they have thrived and prospered. Since 1776, America's Founders embraced the Exodus, and compared the Revolution to Moses' escape from Pharaoh. Our enemies are universally anti-Semitic. For this, and for their heresies, betrayals, and lies, they are doomed. 

                          God and His Providence are the root and vine 
                                 that bear the good fruits of our life. 

"Hypocrisy is the tribute vice pays to virtue." - Matthew Arnold
Hypocrites lie with a false front because their inner knowledge of what is right and good shames them. If this were not so, they would feel no need to deceive. This is the "tribute" they "pay".

"When man drops one doctrine after another in a refined skepticism, when he declines to tie himself to a system, when he says that he has outgrown definitions, when he says that he disbelieves in finality, when, in his own imagination, he sits as God, holding no form of creed but contemplating all, then he is by that very process sinking slowly backwards into the vagueness of the vagrant animals and the unconsciousness of the grass. Trees have no dogmas. Turnips are singularly broad-minded." -  G.K. Chesterton

"But often, in the world's most crowded streets,
But often in the din of strife.
There rises an unspeakable desire
After the knowledge of our buried life;
A thirst to spend our fire and restless force
In tracking out our true, original course;
A longing to inquire
Into the mystery of this heart which beats
So wild, so deep in us - to know 
Whence our lives come, and where they go." - Matthew Arnold