A Secular, Cyclical Reading of Revelation
In this multi-part post, I provide a rationalist reinterpretation of the apocalyptic End Times prophecies of Christianity. As with the Old Testament analysis series, my goal is to allow the texts to speak for themselves, while showing how they relate to our modern context. Of course, Joseph Atwill has shown that those same End Times prophecies referred to Titus and the destruction of the Jewish Temple in 70 CE. It might then come as a surprise to find me discussing a contemporary End Times scenario as well. But my claim is that the prophecies from Revelation are being re-used on a cyclical basis.
I will discuss throughout that the Biblical texts, and then later on that the underlying Zodiacal Age motif, operate as a convenient trope to push culture-bound societies, kicking and screaming, into new modalities seen by the elites as more appropriate for the evolving circumstances of the day. Hence, a New World Order, indeed a popular rallying cry of various culture warriors for many decades now. However, we might come to think that this term should more properly be the Newest World Order, since the term was already invoked for the first Prince of Peace more than two thousand years ago.
With my demonstration that so many prophetic End Time aspects are being fulfilled, it might seem that some divine or supernatural agency is at work. I hope that readers are scientifically modern-minded enough to eschew such explanations. However, considering the authoritarian religious freaks now being employed by the new White House administration, it would not surprise me if I am soon forced to become a crypto-Rationalist. Postflavians are not above speaking in code, if that’s what it takes to stay alive and keep publishing. With this last, please note the topical quotations excerpted near the end of this first post of the series.
In any case, according to the Hellenistic system, we are just now making the transition from the Pisces into Aquarius. This is not only the beginning of a New Age, but the beginning of the entire Great Year cycle. Hence the Mother of all Christmases is looming, or perhaps just loomed not too many years ago.
The Series Roadmap
In today’s installment, Part I, the initial focus is on highly relevant, preliminary global marker events foretold in the book of Revelation. These events are now occurring like falling dominoes at this turn of the millennium in our Anno Domini calendar system, correctly starting in 2001. Revelation even provides some details that describe a select group of individuals that direct the global play, by virtue of their unique and secretive understanding of the ‘new song’ that sets the appropriate moods. The employment of the term “new song” strongly implies that there was an ‘Classical’ old song before that, and in the subsequent parts we’ll see that this is indeed so.
In Part 2, among other discussion bolstering Part 1 we’ll see just how this secretive group developed the theological basis for using the new song of Christianity a second time. A second coming of the Second Coming, so to sing. We’ll also discuss more about parallel events that happened near 1000 AD, and near 1500 AD, marking part-way milestones in the great cycle.
In Part 3, I’ll compare today’s cultural and political landscape to the historical conflict of the imperial Romans versus the then nationalistic Jews. These two parallel conflicts both focus around issues of multiculturalism and globalism versus xenophobic nationalism. And, importantly I’ll discuss the employment of Zodiacal Astrology in the theological schema, and that for the times it was seen as the cutting edge Hellenistic science of the day. And here I am not talking about personal horoscopes.
Part 4 will examine some evidence that suggests that similar principles were in operation even before the time of Christ, and even before Hipparchus’ supposed ‘discovery of the Precession of the Equinoxes. When the Book of Revelation was written, the idea of cyclical, script-driven social transformation may have already been ancient history, evidence also existing in the books of the Old Testament. And I’ll discuss a four phase process of ‘unfolding globalization’ that fits within the millennial framework that the Zodiacal ‘ages’ provide, and made explicit in the Book of Revelation.
With that said, let’s start our Part 1 analysis discussing a few key premises before launching into what I consider to be the cogent current events of the times that match particularly well to the End Times scenario laid out in the Book of Revelation. With that accomplished, we’ll then skip ahead to the so-called 5th Trumpet, prior aspects being somewhat non-specific. And then finally I’ll add some additional bolstering analysis and data.
So who takes this stuff seriously?
In recent centuries, so-called ‘latter day’, prophecy-driven interpretations have repeatedly failed. On this basis, one might conclude that the entire concept is irrelevant hokum. But, those interpretations were issued by seemingly rank outsiders, pandering to small and marginalized sects of fundamentalists. In contrast to those seemingly discrediting failures in our just prior centuries, today the human power brokers of the world are, once again, setting the relevant, real world events in motion. Thinking along Machiavellian lines, perhaps might we consider that these prior failures were successfully intended to frame our mindsets against recognizing the fulfillment of biblical prophecy. This, even when it should otherwise be obvious, had we been paying close enough attention, and knowing just what to look for versus what to ignore as ‘noise’.
Many of us today have a contemporary and secular bent, or perhaps a ‘liberal’ theological bent. As such, one is more prone to summarily dismiss the fundamentalist milieu as a curious, superstitious relic. Their notion of ‘Time Ending’ is especially mind-jarring. For here, an epic Judgement Day, or Doomsday, will result in an eternal moral cleansing. Or did someone say ‘an ethnic cleansing’? In fact, time inexorably rolled along during the first Second Coming in 70 CE, and yet now rolls right along. The better, ‘sophisticated’ humans have been making continual progress, albeit in fits and starts. Thus, in two thousand years time we should have have moved far beyond all that ‘nonsense’, right?
Our cultural framers from mass media have been working overtime in the last few decades in getting us to consider the central term apocalypse as pertaining to massive disasters and other calamities. These disasters are mostly portrayed as having organic roots, either in degenerate ‘modern’ humanistic social dynamics, or in natural catastrophes of all variety.
Human Shepherding is the Framing and Stampeding of Minds
Alas, perhaps our awesome Western selves have gone past our highest perch of cultural perfectibility. In the last few decades we have been assaulted on all sides by dark forces of ‘degradation’. Or so it seems to some, who also assert that in the midst of emerging from institutionally approved slavery, two world wars and more, that we momentarily achieved a state of relative cultural perfection. Alas, the optimum has been cruelly snatched away in a seeming blink of one eye. Indeed, Culture that once uplifted us in our Liberty, is now rampant with the Libertine – or worse. As such, we are being told to assign responsibility for such ‘degrading’ aspects to certain specific players with long standing, retrograde and inhumane agendas. How convenient .. and comforting in a backhanded way.
And in some cases, perhaps for different specifically inclined audiences’ benefit, narratives of different aspects of Satan, and similar, are also sometimes invoked. Well, if all this is the supernatural case, then surely the only solution can be to have a new heavenly savior become manifest to us. Hallelujah!! The fact that almost all rationalists, except for maybe me, don’t believe in such phenomenon, supernatural or not, ironically only makes the application of such ‘scripted’ melodrama easier to pull off – on the biggest stage.
And as such, perhaps our ‘modern’ attempts to govern and regulate ourselves are being constantly undermined? Perhaps our recent spate of cultural ‘degeneracy’ is akin to ‘planned obsolescence’ in an automobile? If so, one might see this then as a Machiavellian form of social engineering. Such a strategy fits perfectly within our Postflavian SSSM sociological model of Shepherds, Sheepdogs, and Sheep, which is otherwise known from ancient times as a form of “divide and conquer” strategy. And are we then, being cynically primed to accept a new ‘cleansing’ to launch the new age, just as has happened before? Are we also being encouraged to blame the scarecrow, or the sheepdogs instead of the shepherds?
A Biblical Secret Society of Secretive, Celibate Males
And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. (Revelation 14:1-3 KJV)
A great deal of information is packed into the above three verses. We are told that there is indeed an elite secret society, one that is singing a song which no one else is privy to. And that these will be “redeemed from the earth”, and that there is some relation to ‘Sion’, or Zion. This all raises a considerable number of questions, which I’ll address later.
According to Revelation, there is no gender diversity, and precious little ethnic diversity, among these 144,000. They are specifically limited to celibate males, descended from the 12 Hebrew tribes of Israel. Perhaps this might include Ashkenazi and the Kittim (Romans, or as the Talmud calls them, Edomites) as well as the tribe of Judah? If we are to go strictly by the genealogies of Genesis, then the answer seems ‘no’ for the Ashkenazi. The Edomites were related to Jacob, aka Israel, and so for them the elite door appears more plausibly open.
And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel. (Revelation 7:4 KJV)
These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. (Revelation 14:4 KJV)
But, in any case, in terms of being ‘redeemed’, or earning a free pass from the ‘tribulation’, the goyim in general are out of luck. And by the numerical terms alone, so are the balance of the Jews, Ashkenazi or not. However, all those who have managed to be ‘faithful’ and acknowledged the new messiah, will be resurrected and sing wonderful hymns of praise all day and night. Those not so faithful or repentant (or, not predestined), will get a metaphorical hall pass to the circular file, leading ultimately to God’s eternal incinerator.
Curiously, Christians must ride out the seven years of Tribulation, while 144 thousand of the Elect chosen people from the twelve Hebrew tribes get a rapturous free pass, including 12 thousand from the troublesome tribe of Judah. Not only did the Romans think the Jews were trouble, but curiously the Jews’ own Holy Book records them as being uniformly so from the time Judah was born. This is a clue worthy of Sherlock Holmes.
Not to seemingly digress, but this also begs an important question of why the so-called Lost Tribes of Israel would be included in the count when they were long gone to parts unknown, having been removed from the land by the Assyrians, never to return. Especially considering that included within the Lost Tribes was the half-tribe of Ephraim, whose half Egyptian patriarch had been granted the Eternal Blessing of Abraham by grandfather Jacob. Curiously this permanent exile of the ten tribes occurs within the literal, historical fog surrounding the mythical foundation of Rome. The founders are Rome are reputed to descend from the survivors of Troy, having established a curious ‘romantic’ fallout with a Semitic woman, Dido (not the techno-pop singer BTW). Hmmm, beware of women scorned?
The subtextual message is: learn the coming messiah’s new ‘new song’, or else. The coming messiah? Further on, we’ll see that one has already been quietly announced to us recently, while a false messiah is now ‘entertaining’ us. So sad. This false messiah is surrounded by institutional acolytes of a secret society of celibate males. So … coincidental?
Rapture as a Last Resort?
Such individuals might have advance knowledge that would allow them to avoid various geopolitical tribulations. Marching to a drum that only they can hear, and thus forewarned to ‘Flee to Pella’ for safety sake? I will discuss this apocryphal story further on in Part 2, but as well there did seem an odd homage to this story in the events of September 11, 2001.
Who can these secretive, celibate males be throughout Western history?
And for all those cultural Christian, white supremacists out there, is it passing strange that the Christian Good Book places 144,00 celibate Hebrews before them, including 12,000 Jews? Might the description of them, and their mission, match the Society of Jesus, and our assertion elsewhere that the mission, at least, can be traced back to the the 18th Dynasty goals of Egypt. This linking them to the Biblical Exodus story and the original formulation of Zion. Whose current ethnic cleansing debacle evokes the original Conquest?
Well at least the book does reveal that all the ‘other’ faithful, of every ‘nation’, kindred, tongue, and people, will be saved in their own resurrection. This happening at the denouement of the End of Time, apparently whether they had corporeally survived the 7 years of tribulation or not. As your dad or your coach used to say: “It only hurts for a little while”. Or maybe more apropos for today: “And if you believe that, I’ve got some swampland in Florida to sell you”.
In reality this is where the book seemingly gets a little dodgy, or incoherent. Because in some cases is discussed a Heavenly ending for faithful humans, while in others is discussed a ‘resurrection’ onto a restored earth, cleansed from the wickedness of the dragon, Satan. This confusion, in my opinion, is getting to the real crux of what the apocalyptic End Times were and are about. A new order was and is to be imposed by the men behind the curtain, and a cleansing is required to eliminate those that are incompatible with the demands of the New Boss. As that ‘old’ song by The Who stated, the metaphorical New Boss is really the same as the Old Boss, but the circumstances of the day have changed.
In these apocalypses, the prior social orders, seemingly at their apexes, are torn asunder by various degradations, that seem to some eyes to be programmatic and contrived. I believe that this is indeed the case, but take issue with most other interpretations of this phenomenon, especially as to just who is real agent of change, and thus ‘degradation’ here. The goal of the change is to achieve the next new order of the coming age, and the subtext of the Bible, from beginning to end is the ultimate achievement of globalism.
Now we have achieved the ultimate degradation, the selection of a Western world premier democratic leader whose personal values and behavior represent the antithesis of so called Christian Family Values. Yet many of his coterie of advisers seem to be joined at the hip to a secretive society of celibate males that follow the slain Lamb of God wherever he goes. And curiously this secretive society is best known by many as running educational institutions that heavily featured the teachings of the pagan Classical Greeks. This seeming conundrum is only resolved by understanding the true underlying nature of what is going on, rather than pointing fingers at Jews and Gentiles, the central false dialectic of Western Civilization.
Ironically, the word ‘rapture’ means ‘pleasure’. Albeit that specific word (‘rapture’) does not appear in the canon, but rather being an artifact of certain prior and popular evangelical interpretations, yet stemming from such canonic notions as “being redeemed from the earth”.Indeed, it is likely a relative pleasure to be able to bypass such 7 years of war and disasters. But the word’s root is from ‘rapt’ and the Latin rapio, meaning to seize, plunder, and to agitate. This latter as related to passion or animi motus. Emotionally seizing the collective mind is a form of performance magic, distracting all from the true underlying machinations.
Many pastors say that their flocks are part of this Elect, by their mere acceptance of Christ as savior. But the congregations of a few megachurches today quickly exceeds that numerical limit, nor will they meet the other requirements. Does the superstitious, literalist audience see the contradiction here? Perhaps the Christian mullahs have literally ‘seized’ their minds, using the carrot and stick approach of heavenly paradise versus the abject fear of eternal damnation. If the devout believe that they are the Elect mentioned, then they will not be inclined to question what is really being ‘revealed’.
On the superficial level, generally religious ‘prophecies’ seem to be intended as divine predictors for the future. In reality, they were mostly written after-the-fact, as ‘retrodictive’ historical reportage. In other words, they were conceived as thinly disguised religio-political propaganda. As such, they have no real supernatural – prophetic power in themselves. But, in the case of Christian ‘apocalyptic’ certain circles do indeed utilize these texts today as if they were true divine prophecies, as yet unfulfilled, and albeit somewhat recycled. Here, they are capable of becoming self-fulfilling … via human agency.
I divide these human agencies into two basic categories. The first is that of exoteric ‘true believers’. Some of these overly devout and arrogant humans try to act as God’s fulfillment agents. They take it upon themselves to “Immanentize the Eschaton”, as the late conservative commentator, William F. Buckley once said. Such acts involve a radical redefinition of the word ‘spiritual’. That is, they see themselves as performing the role of God’s judge, jury, and executioners, even if they have appointed themselves so. These types are particularly dangerous to individuals operating within the moral frontiers of our culture wars, such as with abortion providers. However, these individuals and groups tend to be marginalized, with their scope limited. And in this case their dramatic and frequently hypocritical actions only help serve to distance others from taking such as End Times ‘scripts’ seriously as being on the table for consideration.
In other words, these people inoculate us ‘moderns’ from becoming aware to the real operators, or ‘actors’. The New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) is a prime example of the latest infection of the mainstream American polity:
… For fundamentalists like Jerry Falwell, the prerequisite for the second coming was the physical restoration of Israel or the return of unconverted Jews to modern day Israel. But for the apostles and prophets of the NAR, the prerequisite for the second coming is the spiritual restoration, or conversion of Jews to their brand of Christianity. The result has been the development of Messianic communities and missionary training centers around the world.
Moreover, while fundamentalists look to the scriptures for secret meaning in current events and messages from God, the modern-day apostles and prophets claim to be the bearers of God’s direct ongoing revelation. The results can be bizarre. The leading thinker of the NAR, C. Peter Wagner, stated on NPR in 2011 that the nuclear meltdown at Fukushima was a result of the Japanese emperor having had sex with the sun goddess, that there is “a lot of demonic control” in Congress (and that demons can possess entire cities as well), that it is important to cast spells to protect politicians from witchcraft, and that non-Christian religions “are part of the kingdom of darkness.” All in one hour with Terry Gross.
And yet, the NAR is not on the fringe, but at the center of today’s Republican Party. The Response, a massive Houston prayer event hosted by Rick Perry in 2011, was led by prominent NAR apostles and prophets joined by other Christian Right leaders. Perry’s event was patterned after and led by leaders from TheCall events hosted around the world by “prophet” Lou Engle and Mike Bickle, head of the International House of Prayer (IHOP). These events focus on fighting abortion and gay rights, and on proselytizing Jews in order to bring about the second coming. Engle’s events include one held in Jerusalem and another in Uganda, where local apostles in the movement spoke in support of the “Kill-the-Gays” bill then under consideration by the Ugandan Parliament.
Other Republican politicians have looked to this religio-political movement for support as well, including Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Sam Brownback, Duke Aiona of Hawaii, Katherine Harris of Florida, and many more. One of the NAR’s training centers, the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute (MJBI) in Dallas, featured President George W. Bush as the keynote speaker at its annual fundraising gala. … http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/03/22/meet-bibi-s-new-tribulation-courting-jew-converting-demon-exorcising-american-allies.html
Note the theme of Jews being converted to Christianity to facilitate the new Second Coming, of which I’ll return to later.
The Knowing, Among the Unknowing
Hidden behind these fundamentalists is a second, much smaller esoteric group. These are the elites that ‘piously’ perform and ‘act’ on the End Times prophecies and other ‘occult’ matters. Here I am using the word ‘pious’ in the original, ‘dutiful’ sense of the word, to describe an emotionless, mechanical ‘ritual’ intended to initiate a temporal unfolding. In the times before Christianity, and even for the Biblical patriarchs of the Old Testament, it was considered dutiful for the head of a household to ritually honor the familial ‘household’ gods in a timely fashion, lest disorder visit the household. With the consolidation of spiritual principles into Judaeo-Christianity, this principle still held sway, albeit disguised within the wider church environment.
However, the ritual evolved to encompass broader goals, including prophecy and fulfillment. I believe that there is an elite human agency that ‘shepherds’ the enactment of the End Time scripts. These few ‘actors’ who are participating wittingly and intentionally, are able to entrain others into going along for a profitable ride, as well as providing inspiration to the devout or unwitting believers mentioned prior. Hence, the human level, scripted plot unfolds repeatedly as time passes. At the end of each era, the Heavenly clock announces a new performance is beginning.
Scripture as Script?
Suppose that a script says that an event is going to happen at a particular time, and then it does. Was the occurrence initiated by divine agency, or by that of human ‘actors’? The answer to the question reveals a confidence game. The true believers are being played for fools, as the highest Material stakes are diabolically disguised as being of Divine origins. And so here is one motivation for linking human geopolitical activities to the Heavens via religious narrative. That is, to help fool the masses as to who is actually pulling the strings.
By the same token, mainstream Rationalists are also being played. Accustomed to ignoring religious rants, they insist that such occurrences are merely coincidences. Thus, they are blinded to the unfolding of the scriptural ‘script’ for Western geopolitics. Here, I am referring to the phased emergence of kingdoms and nations upon the global stage, as cryptically described in Daniel, Revelation, and other (lesser) prophets. The prophets go to the trouble to reveal what their metaphorical symbolism means, but we have been culturally ‘framed’ to ignore all this. In the case of Daniel, we have been fooled by the fact that textual anachronisms revealed that the Book was not written in the time that is claims, but rather in the time of the later Hasmoneans. And thus the baby has been thrown out with the bathwater.
And so to reiterate, all this should be telling us that these scriptures are indeed scripts, and not so much ‘prophecy’. Unless that is, one wants to redefine the words.
And Away We Go, Staring into the Abyss:
“For unto us a child is born, … The Prince of Peace.“
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this. (Isaiah 9:6-7 KJV)
Back from the Abyss, or Back to the Future?
In September 2015, Pope Francis, the first Jesuit pope, made an interesting visit to the USA. There is an interesting Catholic Church prophecy that Francis will be the last pope of the Church. But as well, at the first mass, held in NYC’s Madison Square Garden, the above verses from Isaiah 9 were read prior to Francis’ homily.
Just prior to this announcement, Francis made a visit to Ground Zero in New York, and stared into the Abyss. Or at least, the virtual abyss formed by the geometry of the 9/11 Memorial Fountain. He visited this landmark besides passing by several other related biblical aspects. Then in his flight home to Rome he looked out the window of his plane at an apocalyptic Blood Red Moon. Just another coincidence?
One might easily be tempted to say that all these occurrences mean absolutely nothing. After all, where is the priest who doesn’t read Isaiah 9 from time to time? And, what tourist to New York doesn’t go to see Ground Zero? However, note that the verses from Isaiah were oddly delivered in Spanish. And of course, these verses are normally delivered as part of a Christmas message, not in September.
Why, pray tell, would the Pope announce that a new savior is born, after staring into the Bottomless Pit? Perhaps it will become clearer upon pondering the relationship between the Apostle Paul’s visit to Rome and Castor and Pollux, which I’ll discuss later on. Also, see my related 9/11 article.
The Abyss of 9/11/2001 (not 2000), the Fifth Trumpet
Next, let’s examine what else happens in relation to the narrative in the Book of Revelation. As to what transpired on 9/11/2001, I have previously speculated that the event appeared to be a ritual ceremony of some sort. At that time I had not realized the significance of the fact that there was no year Zero in the Anno Domini calendar system. And thus while everyone had been excited about Y2K, the year 2000, or (party like it’s) 1999, our focus should have been on 2001. This in regards to any millennial End Times analysis, at least.
And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. (Revelation 9:1-2 KJV)
Of course, there are other details not quoted, like locusts, scorpions, and men unsuccessfully seeking death, as well as four earlier angels and trumpets. While such aspects might be meaningful to initiates or insiders, I have not identified a compellingly unique and powerful analysis. That said, there are also many references throughout Revelation that are Zodiacal in nature, but let’s discuss that later.
The Collapse into the Pit: Revelation 9/11?
When the Twin Towers had collapsed into their basements, only smoke arose out of the two pits. Once the reconstruction was completed, one tower was replaced while the other site was turned into a memorial fountain, whose bottom cannot be seen while standing anywhere around the periphery.
And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon. (Revelation 9:11 KJV)
The angel’s name is Apollyon, in honor of the pagan god Apollo, the Sun god. And importantly, as I related in my 9/11 analysis about the myths about Apollo giving a feast to honor his father Jupiter, both Jupiter and Apollo, the Sun god, were directly overhead on the celestial stage that day. In fact, the Sun and the Moon framed Castor and Pollux, with Jupiter directly between them. Castor and Pollux were the twin saviors of the age prior to Christ for the Greco-Romans. The Moon’s relative motion, the fastest celestial object, actually clocked the timing of the major events of the day.
Apostle Paul rode on a ship named Castor and Pollux for his fateful trip from Malta to Rome where he initiated normative Christianity, or so we are told. And in mythicist terms, Jesus became a type of Apollo, honoring his father, ‘Yah pater’. I have not been the first person to make this equation, although it has also been debated. If Yahweh is Jo’ve, the equation symbolizes the cross-cultural unity of the elites at the highest levels of the western system. In the same way today, at the top, the distinction between Republicans and Democrats functionally fades away to nothing.
Finally, notice that at about the same time as Pope Francis was having Isaiah 9 recited en Español before his homily at the Madison Square Garden papal mass, Donald Trump was ranting about “bad hombres” crossing the southern border with Mexico in hordes. And, Trump’s strange affiliations with Vladimir Putin were becoming increasingly noted. Perhaps Trump and Putin are being cast as another instantiation of the ancient pair of saviors.
More on Castor and Pollux later, further linking them to Apollo, Christ, the Cross, and that earlier central Christian and Flavian symbolic motif, the Fish and Anchor.
The 6th Trumpet Announces War Loosed on the Euphrates…
And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men. And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them. (Revelation 9:13-21 KJV)
Within months of 9/11, George W. Bush launched an assault in Afghanistan with the stated purpose to bring Osama bin Laden to justice. Then in March 2003, the US launched a major offensive in Iraq that toppled Saddam Hussein. However, the US has not resolved the conflict, even now. This failure to complete the mission sets the stage for “time ending” in chapter 10, and then the appearance of “two witnesses” in chapter 11.
“I love the smell of napalm in the morning“
The Iraq war brought back memories of Vietnam. In a scene from the famous 1979 Vietnam War movie, Apocalypse Now, an American jet fighter sortie approaches. Flying low, the fighters unleash a wave of bombs that engulfs an entire forest in flames. Robert Duval’s character, Lieutenant Colonel “Bill” Kilgore, watches approvingly. “I love the smell of napalm in the morning”, he says. If anyone was not familiar with the term ‘apocalypse’ before this film appeared, they certainly became so afterwards. Even among those who didn’t see the movie, it virtually redefined the meaning of the word. That is, any epic conflagration or disaster, either from man-made or natural causes, is now an ‘apocalypse’. And, why is it that so many people “love the smell” of an apocalypse? Just what is this fascination with destruction?
This secular meaning of ‘apocalypse’ has culturally evolved from its prior religious contextual association. The difference is that a modern apocalypse is now caused by man or nature, and no longer so much by divine agency. For the latter, perhaps the most spectacular example is the mythic imagery coming from the Book of Revelation. However, the Gospels of Matthew and Mark include elements of the same genre. They, in turn, were inspired by the Old Testament books of Ezekiel and Daniel. In all of these books, the so-called End of Time is a central motif. But after the End, God’s anointed surrogate comes to restore order in one fashion or another.
In reality, the term originates from the Greek apokalupsis, meaning to ‘uncover’ or ‘reveal’. This was the original Greek title of the Book of Revelation. Of course, the book reveals a terrible conflagration and battle between Christ and various evil doers. In any case, over time the ‘revelatory’ term in the title of the main book in question has come to represent the melodramatic supernatural events depicted within it in a much more secular, albeit grandiose, fashion. Was this reframing of the apocalypse concept deliberate? While we all focus our collective attentions on a massive number of concerning man-made (and natural) distractions, the real mechanisms and structures of substantive cultural and governmental change are deceptively slipped past us … or down our throats.
Tick tock, tick tock, tick …. tock
And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire: And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth, And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices. And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.
And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer: But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets. (Revelation 10:5-7 KJV)
Not completely specified as to just when, the tenth chapter quietly announces between all the blaring trumpets that time is “no longer”. Note the first highlighted text is another solar reference. One might be tempted to conjecture that the rainbow is a gay topical cultural reference for the new age, but I will circumspectly abstain. I can neither confirm nor deny.
Two Witnesses, Two Olive Trees, One Script
And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.
And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will. (Revelation 11:1-6 KJV)
Of course, any student of Iraq knows that the West created Saddam Hussein as a puppet. He subsequently received western assistance during Iraq’s long war with Iran, including receiving materials to manufacture chemical weapons. He represented the essence of nationalism, gone bad. At the same time, George W. Bush represented a paradigm of proud American nationalism. We got to watch the noose placed around Saddam’s neck, and a corresponding thunk. But we never got to see the hanging beef … for some reason. (Same with Osama. The latter’s family having been quite close to the Bush family.)
Fee, Fi, Faux, Fum, I Smell the …
With one Hussein actor taken care, another one popped onto the domestic scene, further inflaming apocalyptic fears amongst the hoi polloi. This despite that the latter (Barack Hussein Obama and his wife) were globalist corporatists like the faux populist Clintons, and the faux evangelical Bush, and the faux populist Trump.
Note that the witnesses also represent two separate ‘churches’, clearly identified by the ‘candlestick’ metaphor first employed by John in the opening chapters. They are also identified as being of two ‘olive trees’, and this is interesting in light of the typology of Romans 11 discussed in Atwill’s Caesar’s Messiah. For in Romans 11 the branches discussed in the grafting are respectively from the wild and domesticated olive trees. And so if we apply the same thinking, then we can identify the trees. Namely, the globalist versus nationalist camps are represented by the ‘domesticated’ versus the ‘wild’ trees.
Globalists in Nationalist Clothing
While George W. Bush superficially represented nationalist America, in reality his family has always been internationalists, as epitomized by the old label of the Eastern Liberal Establishment. Historically, these families of the ELE can properly be seen as having Tory ‘royalist’ roots from before the Revolutionary War. Their wealth and status was collectively derived from aristocratic colonial land grants. This in contrast to Barack Hussein Obama, with a conveniently apocalyptic first name (in an Islamic context), who in reality was a Wall Street corporate functionary along with his wife. So despite the superficial appearances, the Obamas actually have similar internationalist leanings with the Bushes, rather than being the revolutionary jihadist of agitprop legend. Albeit his imperial ‘reactions’ to Republican legislative intransigence, explicitly asserted in order to “destroy his presidency”, inflamed the zealots du jour to even higher levels of paranoia.
Note then, the real life typological dialectic formed between the Republic and the Imperium. Today’s situation compares very closely to the rise to Empire under the first Prince of Peace, Augustus Caesar. And now we have a new savior, or false messiah, who is ruling imperially by executive order, his faux populism much like Augustus’ uncle, Julius Caesar. Today’s Republic may now be dead, and so beware the Ides of March.
The Beast From the Pit
The “two witnesses” are metaphorically defeated by the beast from the bottomless pit, and then rehabilitated … for playing their assigned acting roles:
And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.
And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them. And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven. (Revelation 11:7-13 KJV)
The Reality Show Beast Emerges from his Resorts
Here my cyclical model helps explain the wide variety of chaotic social phenomenon today. For example, consider the just finished, “rigged” US Presidential election debacle. Within my model the Seventh Trumpet has now unleashed a Yuuuge reality show beast of a Lifetime Actor, to use Joseph Atwill’s term. Okay, so all these presidential elections are rigged, but this one seems exceptional. For here it fits precisely into the most specific details of the canonic ‘script’ being played out, or ‘revealed’, in front of us.
One of the new President’s top advisers, Steve Bannon, has even made a high tech Internet address to a Vatican audience, where he calls for a holy war against both Islam, generally, and secular humanists. Could this be related to his institutional association with the select brotherhood mentioned in the Book of Revelation, or is this my overactive imagination? The new Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, wants to starve the secular public school system, that built America’s middle class, to death and replace it with ‘for profit’ religious schools. Such holy crusaders being selected by a golden haired beast with the moral reputation far below a dubious golden shower. His associations with abuse of women, self suggestions of incest, actual racism, organized crime, failure to pay debts, bankruptcies, international money laundering ranked him successful enough for America’s ‘forgotten’ white sheep to raise him from the moral gutter, adjacent to the Abyss.
The 7th Trumpet
Next in the narrative sequence and the 7th Trumpet sounding we see an explicit globalist announcement:
And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God, Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.
And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth. And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail. (Revelation 11:15-19 KJV)
Here we see the explicit announcement of a new world order, even more apropos for now than 2,000 years ago, and yet still tied to a millennial construct, via the association with the 24 elders, each one representing one millennium of the Zodiacal Great Year (to be discussed later). And also in this regard, we see an admission that the Lord, in some guise, comes repeatedly, apparently tied to a millennial schedule. The phrase ‘which art, and wast, and art to come’ seems to be an allusion to all of the three ‘ages’ and transitions I will be discussing in this series. Pagan, Christian and Judaic elements are linked together within one construct. And here consistent with our Old Testament analysis theme of the False Dialectic of Jews versus Gentiles.
We know from before that this person was identified as Jesus, who then came back as general Titus Flavius, the son of the god, Vespasian, to destroy the first Third Temple in 70 CE. While we do not know who the ‘Christ’ savior will be for this millenium, we do know that a parallel millennial event occurred for 1070 CE. This was the effective end of the Norman Conquest, which began in late 1066 CE, and was documented by the Domesday Book. Domesday as in ‘Doomsday’ – an explicit reference to Revelation. It seems that someone was indeed keeping time, and according to the original Christian notion of when the Second Coming occurred no less.
Mary Barker, in her book The Great Angel, said that the Christian invocation of the Suffering Servant motif taken from Isaiah, was intended to link Jesus, aka Yeshua, to Joshua, aka Yeshua, of the Exodus period. This Joshua was the leader of the Conquest fame. Thus, Jesus represented a type of earthly, martial messiah, consistent with the Jewish Zealot’s contemporaneous beliefs. More on this later, but we’ll see that these two ‘Yeshuas‘ were acting within two (out of four) distinctly different operational phases of a Western millennial construct, i.e. Conquest, Colonization, Consolidation, and Chasm.
However, the Jesus and Christ that we all grew up with, and the coming savior that Pope Francis’ mass announced will be operating in the same respective phases. And thus both their End Time actions will align perfectly with the transition of the ages, their respective Alphas and Omegas.
And in regard to the issues of globalism versus nationalism, we have above: “And the nations were angry.” How descriptive is this of today’s passionate, agitated rise of nationalism, about to be struck down in a violent tribulation, led by its faux populist?
From Sea to Eternally Draining Swamp
Mar-a-Lago translates word for word as “Sea to Lake”. However, there is no lake anywhere near the estate. At best, there might have been a skeeter infested green pond. More likely given the history of Florida in the day of Marjorie Merriweather Post, the land was a swamp. Thus the old refrain: “And if you believe that, I’ve got some swampland in Florida to sell you.” And so the name Mar-a-Lago was likely a typical real estate hype. The name properly should have been Sea to Swamp, Mar-a-Marisma, or just plain Marisma.
If we ignore the chameleon-like nature of the Bush family, George W. Bush appealed to his Republican voters as a nationalist, while Barack Hussein Obama appealed to his base as a globalist typical of a modern day Democrat. Importantly, in both case the beast from the bottomless pit defeated them and their legacies, thus setting the stage for the sounding of 7th Trumpet, and unleashing the loose and unhinged cannon. It seems transparent that Bush and Obama can be seen as the two witnesses, and Trump is the beast from the pit who has defeated them.
Then another beast (or, perhaps, the same beast) arises from the sea. Jumping out of sequence we see:
And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. (Revelation 13:1-2 KJV)
Whether or not Donald Trump is the beast rising up “out of the sea” from Mar-a-Lago we can not be sure yet. It should be noted here, that one type of analysis on Revelation asserts that the attributions of actions listed separately for the 7 seals, the 7 trumpets, and the 7 angels with the seven bowls are really meant to be read in parallel, connecting the numbers, so to speak.
Then again, it’s possible that the modern re-enactment might cycle through these sequences in series, or jumping around. Similarly, the various beasts may be different, or they may be the same character. Such difficulties serve to enhance plausible deniability, for those who are inclined to believe that everything is coincidence, or that these alleged connections are a result of confirmation bias. The element of unpredictability also makes it difficult, if not impossible, to make a killing on the stock market simply by observing the sequence of events as an outsider. For that, it is necessary to be an insider, with access to a copy of the modern screenplay, with the actors’ names specified for all the characters.
But he at least appears to be a false messiah of sorts, as preceded Jesus and Christ Titus typologically. He has been helped to his election via his unabashed friendship with the Russian bear and its leader, Vladimir Putin. Below he has enlisted a religious zealot to help foment a holy crusade, along with others in his administration. Ironically in light of his Christian support, his cultural relationship to Satan seems much tighter, even if metaphorical.
Crowd Size at Pompeo’s Theater?
The eerie similarity of the name Pompeo to Pompey is another name oddity. Besides Julius Caesar’s civil war with Pompey, he was later assassinated in Pompey’s Theater, in a meeting with the Senate. Now, our new czar (from caesar) recently had his first meeting in Pompeo’s new ‘house’, at Langley, where he wailed like a weak sissy about being slighted, standing in front of a wall honoring dead CIA spooks. Et tu Pompeo?
… Donald Trump has appointed Pompeo to head the CIA; his confirmation hearings begin on Thursday [on 1/12/17 – ed]. If a normal Republican president had nominated a figure like this to head the country’s major foreign intelligence agency, there likely would have been a lot of attention paid to his apocalyptic religiosity and Manichaean worldview. Amid the fire hose of lunacy that is the Trump transition, however, Pompeo’s extremism has been overlooked. It’s worth pausing to appreciate the fact that America’s CIA will shortly be run by a man who appears to view American foreign policy as a vehicle for holy war. … http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2017/01/mike_pompeo_trump_s_pick_for_the_cia_wants_a_holy_war.html
Pompeo has indeed been confirmed as CIA Director since the above was written.
The False Messiah, the AntiChrist?
Whatever the case of accurately decoding parallel typological identities, on Christmas Day, 2016 we received the following official announcement that Donald Trump is the new King for the new age:
“Over two millennia ago, a new hope was born into the world, a Savior who would offer the promise of salvation to all mankind,” the message from RNC chair Reince Priebus and co-chair Sharon Day said. “Just as the three wise men did on that night, this Christmas heralds a time to celebrate the good news of a new King.” …
But can this really be the case? Pope Francis had quietly announced just over a year before that the new savior had just been born. Could this have been a metaphoric reference to the Trump campaign, which had just gotten underway at the time? Well, maybe. But it might be a bad portent for the presumptuous king, if being along the narrative lines of Julius Caesar. Or are we now witnessing a new Tiberius, a Caligula, or Nero perhaps? If a type of Caesar, then my vote is on the first of the three. Or perhaps even more likely, I would guess that Trump is a false messiah of the zealous new nationalists.
As regards to such confusions regarding parallel within seemingly opposing camps, in Part 3 I’ll discuss a recent theory that placed two dynasties of Egypt as actively playing both sides of the fence in the Biblical Exodus story. This, of course, becomes impossible to do in the exact same manner due to the modern technology of mass electronic media. But this seeming obstacle does not stop our new Twitter President from appearing to be all things to all people, or from trying to.
Israel’s Interior Minister Expects a Messiah
As speculated regarding the 7th Trumpet announcing Donald Trump’s stage role in today’s drama, one can certainly dismiss such as the following Israeli rhetoric as fanciful. In any case, notice the theme and subtext being repeated again, an impasse over illegal Jewish settlements in ‘Zion’ leading us to an apocalyptic Armageddon?
… Trump’s election, he added, presages the coming of the Messianic Age.
“If such a miracle can happen, we have already reached the days of the Messiah. Therefore, we are really in the era of the birth pangs of the Messiah when everything has been flipped to the good of the Jewish people.” …
And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads. (Revelation 14:1 KJV)
Of course, if we take the above, along with the earlier excerpt regarding the infiltration of such as the NAR into the mainstream of American ‘conservative’ politics, then perhaps this all should indeed be getting our serious ‘existential’ attention. This strain of evangelical Christianity emphasizes the importance of converting Jews to accept the coming messiah. Of course, Jews claim that they have been faithfully waiting for over two thousand years. Whatever the case, the opportunity now presents for Jews to indeed accept a new messiah, and if it just so happens that the Christian’s second Second Coming Christ is one and the same as the Jew’s messiah, then … what the Hell?
The Third Temple and the Second Third Temple
Right-wing Israeli lawmakers in town for Donald Trump’s inauguration addressed prominent American evangelicals gathered at Greater New Hope Baptist Church in downtown Washington, D.C. on Thursday, lecturing them on the importance of moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem and offering hope that President-elect Donald Trump would fulfill his promise to do so.
Speaking to a gathering that included a who’s who of Christian right leaders — including Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins, Faith & Freedom Coalition founder Ralph Reed, and Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson — Israeli Knesset member Yehuda Glick, who belongs to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party, spoke about Trump’s election in messianic terms.
He began his remarks by approvingly quoting Psalm 72, which speaks of welcoming a new king. “It is a prayer for King Solomon, and it is the prayer for all kings and especially a prayer for the king of the United States.” …
Part of the literary mechanism used to recycle the biblical narratives involves some creative accounting regarding the Jerusalem Temple. Generally, in order for evangelical Christians to see their End Times scenario fulfilled, the Jews must rebuild their Jerusalem Temple, the so-called Third Temple. Once this is accomplished, then Christ can come again, as did Titus Flavius, and destroy the temple of the deniers of the new manifestation of Christ – for the new age.
The reason that creative accounting is required is that the Third Temple was actually destroyed by Christ Titus Flavius, as a consequence of his Second Coming and this grafting onto the Root of Jesse (Romans 11). According to the Bible, the first temple was Solomon’s, the second temple was Zerubbabel’s, and the third was Herod’s temple. And so the easy way to solve this problem, for repeatability’s sake, is to merge Zerubbbel’s and Herod’s temples into one edifice. Now a second Third Temple becomes possible to build and destroy. From a typological purity standpoint this, last event might be expected in the year 2070 CE; not that modern elites would necessarily feel bound to any particular interpretation of the script.
The Sistine Chapel replicates Solomon’s Temple
Or perhaps any new temple would be the third Third Temple. That is, the second Third Temple would be the one in New Jerusalem, i.e. Rome, with its Sistine Chapel. The latter built by the Franciscans as a replica of Solomon’s Temple, done so for their End Times fantasy five hundred years ago. For this question see the documentary, The Michelangelo Code. Importantly, this issue again brings up another concept, and that of a possible sub-millennial activity period of 500 years. This will be discussed more later, but suffice to say that this possibility provides for a mainstream chronological linkage with the expulsion of the Hyksos by Ahmose I around 1500 BCE. Around 1500 CE, the della Rovere popes, of the Sistine Chapel fame, were overseeing the massive push to colonize the New World. Both movements of peoples were precipitated by massive cultural chasms.
Whatever the case with the Sistine Chapel — as if on cue, the fundamentalist Zionist Jews of today are itching at the political opportunity to start rebuilding the temple. This is the very reason that modern Israel was created in the first place, so that this integral part of the End Times process could be made to transpire.
But in order to start the rebuilding process some incidents must occur first in order to alter the current political status quo between the Israelis and the Palestinians. Currently the Palestinians have political say so over what happens on the Temple Mount. Trump’s threat to move the American embassy to Jerusalem may indeed be part of precipitating the violent political changes needed, as the Palestinians see this action as meaning the possibility of a so-called Two State Solution as becoming impossible to achieve. Regarding the potential moving of the embassy, and Trump’s silence on plans for new Israeli housing units in the West Bank, and the potential for igniting regional violence:
… Trump on Thursday told Fox News it was too early for him to speak publicly on the issue. Giuliani, who was known during his tenure for a hard-line attitude toward even petty crime in New York City, dismissed Palestinian warnings that moving the embassy would ignite the whole region.
“I think this country is capable of dealing with waves of violence,” the former mayor said.
Giuliani predicted Netanyahu and Trump would have a “very, very good, collaborative relationship,” as opposed to what he described as the “hostile relationship” between President Barack Obama and the Israeli leader.
The changed atmosphere was already evident in the first week of Trump’s tenure. While construction plans beyond Israel’s 1967 border were a recurring source of friction with the Obama administration, Trump was silent this week as Israeli officials approved plans for 2,500 housing units in the West Bank and hundreds of apartments in eastern Jerusalem.
Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Executive Committee, called the building plans a “flagrant violation of international law” and accused Israel of “exploiting the inauguration of the new American administration to escalate its violations and the prevention of any existence of a Palestinian state.” … https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-01-26/trump-will-keep-vow-to-put-embassy-in-jerusalem-giuliani-says
Would it be ironic to note here that the modern surname for Julius Caesar would be ‘Giuliani’? And was this person in Building 7, the Saloman Brother’s Building on September 11, 2001? This building was where the mayor’s Emergency Command Center was after all. If you’re going to hold a Mithraic Mass on 9/11 who better to have attend?
Armageddon – Megiddo
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 KJV)
As with the sounding of the sixth trumpet being about the Euphrates conflict, the same is here with the sixth angel, eventually the scene of conflict shifting to a place called Armageddon, or Har Meggido, in modern day Israel. And once again, we see a global assertion, ubiquitous within the Judeo-Christian canon, and the Roman as well.
Considering the intervening verses, it is hard to say whether we have already arrived at the sixth angel with his vial. Perhaps this is a parallel (simultaneous) event with the sixth trumpet, perhaps not. In any case, war is still technically active in the Euphrates, and events and actions must precipitate the spread to Har Meggido. As the Wiki links suggests, one might take this as a metaphoric reference to Israel, and Jerusalem, generally.
Conclusion (of Part 1)
And so here we have learned that the Bible, in the odd Book of Revelation, has informed us that there is a secret society of celibate males that have a song, which only they know. They are one step closer to God than the rest of us in what appears to be a Zionist agenda. Imagine that, Christians with a Zionist global agenda!!!
And that world events are eerily transpiring according to specific references within the script of scripture. Given the focus on Lifetime Actors here at Postflaviana one might accuse me of having an a priori bias in my interpretation. Well, you decide.
As I will discuss in the next part, we’ll find out about a virtual silent coup d’etat that took place in the United States of America, while the latest President was only thinking about running for President, urged on to do so while getting roasted by entertainment elites joking about both their and his privy parts. Anything for a good cause. Whatever, the goddess Fortuna is now looking down kindly on us, as the new President’s vision is the Prosperity Gospel, his Cabinet of Zionist holy warriors will make the stockholders, and his uneducated rabble very happy.