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The secret double mouse trap
It is a thing most pleasant, and very good to see.
After a period
of aching drought, in which the waters of compassion seemed hard to find,
After all, hundreds of the suffering, the maimed, the sorrowing are the constant and consistent bequeathal of this unholy warrioring throw-back to Koran-backed violence, called jihad (cf. More Marvels ... Ch. 4, Red Alert.. Ch. 16, Lord of LIfe Ch. 3). The cart-horse of history has indeed brought to the front line, the horrific disregard of human suffering for which the Moslem religion is justly known. This belief system, based on false prophet Muhammad, has often threatened the world. As to the prophet, he was not least a warrior leader whose religion was used to impose violent suppression which, if sometimes allayed with treaties, was ferocious in suppression.
This sort of
system roused the Taliban to action, just as it earlier thrust forth the
Iranian assault on
were other quarrels, marked by this same religious intensity, a sort of career
with a more sinister Dr Death, bringing religious thrust into inflamed
relationships. The Taliban specialised in anti-US fervour. As noted earlier in
News (see News 179), bin Laden felt it most important
that the US should neutralised or terrorised or suppressed, because it is given
a sort of anti-holy notation in the religious perceptions, and would be better
gone or goaded or in some way made to be what it is not, and fast. That
appeared to be the Taliban thrust of it, per courtesy of bin Laden. It is true
of course that the
It was to be so fast that airliners, made by another nation's ingenuity, could be used to destroy magnificent towers, made by the same other nation's ingenuity, and this was deemed very good. It is a sort of Genesis transformed into Genocide. Further goodies awaited, perhaps from Iraq, deemed to have them, perhaps to be found through a sort of banal wedding ceremony of Moslem powers, some with the intelligence to fight, some with the intelligence to prepare chemicals and even develop them, or suitable bacterial weapons, and some with the money to pay.
With this bizarre division of labour, it appears to be felt by some, that there could yet be a more definitive exhibition of the genius of Muhammad for a martial display, foray and May-day thrust into civilisations or cities, which of old he sometimes felt would be better with him, and his ways, than without. This madness of heart, this illicit logic, this irrational relish for the god who is not there (cf. More Marvels, loc.cit. with its associated references), has helped enormously, in the area of certain Christian matters.
? you may ask in amazement. Oh, it is not at all that these things ARE
Christian, but rather the exact opposite, for killing and maiming is not what
Christ did, but what He received. In love He received it that the deceived and
the deluded, the mischievously invaded in mind and divorced from the true God
in spirit, might find Him, immune from prosecution, since He died for them, and
welcomed back to the mercy of the truth, the love who showed His kindness to
all men in Christ.
REVELATION 6 IS NOT SURPRISED
If then it is the exact opposite, in what way does it forward the Christian message ? In this, that in prophetic scriptures of Revelation 6 you find a series of calamitous judgments on the earth, involving the reckless renegacy of the human spirit, a sort of spiritual bacterial infection if you will, so that death becomes a way of life, that is, death to others and sometimes even to human bombs with or without airliners attached. Thus in Revelation 6:4, tracing infections to come, we find that "it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another; and there was given him a great sword." To whom was this given ? Why, to the rider on "the fiery red horse."
This was in fulfilment of certain seals being broken on a volume which contained an account of, or orders for, or both, concerning the ages to come. The equine emissions, the chargers which proceeded were symbols of the dynamics, good or evil, and here most evil, to come to the chameleon inhabitants of the earth, changing colour from citizens of the world God made, to impassioned and pliant tools of the devil in numbers that all but make the mind melt. But this is not all.
In a later phase, another such equine charger comes out with a new evil, judgment and stark rebuke to the God-defiant and self-reliant, or idolatrously inflamed denizens of the earth, which make up so large a proportion, whether they worship nature, human nature or other creation. Here a "pale horse" comes forth, "and the name of him who sat on it was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, with hunger, with death, and by the beasts of the earth." Some of these creatures may be small*1, like bacteria, but the hunger and the death are quite straightforward, for those whose ways forward that sort of thing, in their internecine struggles, so amazingly in the name of their religion very often, and more and more manifestly so, in the case of the Muslim 'faith'. Killing with 'death' is a fascinating semantic challenge. What does it mean ?
Perhaps it suggests the sheer prodigy of mathematics involved in this sort of suicidal mission. It is one now becoming more obviously so, as nice religionists decide to blow up children and youth, for example, in whole or in part, to death or to paraplegia, by making themselves into a species of civilian arms raid, casting their own flesh with the bombs, like a kind of stucco onto unadmiring bystanders of their folly.
Perhaps the intention of the biblical text , 'killing with death' here may be phrased as follows. It is like a swath of death, a tragic travesty of death, a sort of lively acquaintance with death, as if not mere murder but death itself were the weapon, an insane seeming, but spiritually produced degradation in many of mankind, so that death becomes the ultimate, a weapon of desire, a far flung malign fragrance of abominable desolation. Americans, bin Laden indicated, want to live; but his people were willing to die, and to kill with death, their own dying bodies becoming the source of death. Indeed, that literally fulfils it.
These predictions, then, proceed in Ch. 6 of Revelation, till we see a tableau in heaven toward s the end of this chapter. What is occurring there ? What is there the scene while such lethal things proceed on earth, such maddened men, reaping the spiritual pathology which comes from ignoring the source and centre of spiritual well-being, the Creator, and the necessary redemption which is a pre-condition for sinful man, before he can know God (the one who made life, that so many so despise in their misguided preoccupations)!
In heaven, we see some of the results of such things. Here in the vision, are beheld the slaughtered saints, those who have died for Christ, "slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held" . In the safety of heaven, "under the altar", personally covered, each one by His redemptive blood, His atoning death, they show concern. A white robe is given them, while they await the outcome of all these things.
Concerned at the hideous suffering, they ask - HOW LONG must such things go on ? and are told that they must wait yet a little, for the full number of those of the redeemed have yet to come, the completion of the complement in particular, of those yet to be slain for their faith in Christ.
That of course is being
superabundantly fulfilled from the days of the Roman Inquisition (cf. SMR pp. 1032-1088, Beauty of Holiness
Chs. 4, 8, Ancient
Words, Modern Deeds
The records of the Chinese nation are also outstanding, in their rather burlesqued version of Communism, now so immersed in what could almost be called capitalism, so rampant is its misuse of freedom on the one hand in various commercial ... liberties, as likewise abuse of it, in intrusions in the affairs of Christians, imprisoning pastors, suppressing worshippers and the like (cf. Beauty of Holiness Ch. 4, News 37, Barbs, Arrows and Balms 18, and Index, China).
is the plethora of death in our globe, that such heavenly visions have
unearthly but alas all too worldly fulfilments! It is in the fulfilment, that
the orgies of executions and maimings exhibit to the letter the seemingly
profuse but clearly predicted accounts of nearly two millenia ago, of events
leading to the end of our Age, of mordant things to come, as also summarised in
Matthew 24, Luke 21 and such places (cf. Answers to Questions Ch. 5). It is in this way that the insanitary, deadly
delusions that make death a slight thing in the interests of land, or pride, or
both, or some parallels, continue, and continue as predicted. They rise like
waves; they surge like galloping horses.
SUBJECTIVE AND OBJECTIVE OBJECTIVES
In the case of
The objective, then ?
in part as a Palestinian capital city and Jerusalem
· 2) a
, like a lion's den in the midst of your home, in the heart of Palestinian State . For this, slaughter is the order of the day, and it is to be of civilians, children, youth, yes in buses, school children a specialty, it would appear at times, targeted. Israel
This amiable ploy, seemingly to induce reaction, repression of the violators in order to prevent the violence, leading to international intervention, bargaining of what is left of Israel as a counter-move, and advance, thus proceeds very much on target. It is just that the target is unprotected, civil bodies.
The reaction of
This world ? It is burning
ever more fiercely. The mind of man is becoming a sink of oil, and the heart of
man a furnace which ignites it. Such is the way of millions.
THE DOUBLE MOUSE TRAP
Vengeance comes from some;
self-protection from others. When
So there is a double mouse trap. First line of offence: if the Jews do not like being slaughtered in civilian places, indiscriminately and with passion that makes murder a flag waving morality on the part of religious assassins, calling evil good and good evil, then they may respond with force to empty the sites of assassins, of the same. If they do, then there is the cry to the international bodies, STOP them. Next: MAKE them negotiate - translation, we want more land, make them hand it over. Let us invade with words. Next: SHOW them up. How awful that they defend themselves, for this is offensive. We had better kill more of them too, in the meantime. That is all part of mouse trap ONE, in which various parties participate, ad lib, or by script as the case may or may not be.
In this the little tip of
The next mouse trap is similar. This time however it is the MUSLIM world which is activated. Shameless thing, that these Jews should come into a small section of their historic land, beat us when we ganged up to slaughter them, and then kill some of our people as they protect themselves. More money and more threats, veiled or not, must be activated AT ONCE!
Agatha Christie's Mouse
Trap - that one, a mere play - ran for years. This one has been running for
years too; but it is not a play.
A LITTLE BREEZE
Now however a little breeze
has sprung up. The
If the world at times becomes a stage, surely Molière could take this direct into one of his more mordant plays.
NO! this will not do. This motion, this notion does not do justice to the facts.
Blessed negative, truthful
negation, sound obstruction! Since the
One has been growing most concerned at the United States folly in making common cause in prayer services with Moslem and other non-Christian religionists, and exposed the wholly anti-scriptural character*3, the mockery of the divine, which this incorporated. It must be clearly seen that to MOCK is not to throw stones or give out insults merely. It comes also when what is DECLARED by God to be abhorrent to Him (such as worshipping other gods with Himself, a sort of failure like that of forgetting who your wife is, and bringing home different women by ...mistake! yes adultery is the BIBLICAL figure for such actions), what is an obvious discrimination against the purity of His word and worship, is suffered by those who say they believe in Him. That is a kind of short-circuit of holiness, of truth, a combination like trying to mate a walrus with a finch, except that that cannot be accomplished, while this can.
The absurdity of such a conception however is all too serviceable in considering the absurdity of having the living God confused in jointness of prayer, with what is not even there (the gods that are not, of Deuteronomy 32 cf. *2 on this).
Despite this, and all the
past pressures which, for some years, in marked contrast to its earlier
Self-interest, it would seem, is not a mere determinant here. Regard for truth and justice is not extinct, merely longsuffering in its disregard too often.
It is understandable indeed that this double dose of
Biblical prediction and
historical defeat has not left Islam happy.
Thus the thrust into the
city, to kill kids, to maim civilians may seem to some, to be quite an idea. It
appears to have plenty of Islamic support, judging by the pledges of multinational
Moslem forces, meeting now in Teheran, or in
As this preoccupation with
death, souls for land, bodies for sea shore continues, the grim reaper of
Revelation is heavily engaged. There will - biblically it is predicted as noted
previously quite often cf. SMR Appendix A, SMR
pp. 510ff. - there will be a
coming military consummation of this anti-Jewish thrust. It will be truly
massive as will be the divine repulsion, comparable with that of Pharaoh's
forces in ancient
Now we rejoice that some justice, some truth appears in this recent and significant improvement in the US voice in this affair. It is well that this rich and powerful country has now at least begun to move towards Israel, to the point of rejecting crass injustice in verbal form and format!
As to the Arabs, it is in the highest point pathetic, sad and poignant, that they insist on their Allah and his force, his methods of force, his aggrandisement and his so long sustained territorial interests; it is the sadder in this, that since God Himself has made a promise, the uttermost of horror, grisly and ghastly, will not suffice to evict Israel. The first eviction will come when the large band of newly converted, and many long converted Jews, following the mass repentance towards Jesus, the Christ, in Jerusalem (Zechariah 12:10), that fascinating event predicted half of one millenium before Israel so much as crucified the Saviour, that they might later repent, is abstracted from this earth.
One will be left, for these as for other countries, one will be taken (Matthew 24:30-31,40-51). Many doubtless, will be in both categories. Be careful, then, and do not set your sights whether Arab or other, on this world, or any part of it. Divine perspective is truth, whether of Israel or sinner, of the exultant, the self-exalting or the successfully derelict, rejoicing in his vanity. Fidelity and righteousness abound in Him whose is the earth, for He made it.
God will regard the ancient landmark, especially since it is a matter of promise to Abraham. It is His good pleasure to be reliable even when others may not be so! On this simple fact, advance historical notice, from the ancient word, see Galloping Events Chs. 4, 3, SMR Appendix A and Index on Israel and land.
On the other simple fact, that without faith, with any trust in your own
productivity of anything as a basis or ground of acceptance, you are lost to
God, landless forever, see Chapters 5, 1 and 10 above. Seek audience with God
through the Lord Jesus Christ, the brightness of His glory, and claim ONLY what
HE has done, and rest in Him by faith, without other priest but He, without
other Saviour, but He, without other name to rest upon, but His.
Liddell and Scott Greek Lexicon points out that the Greek term used, qhrion may be and has been used of insects, as well as of other forms of life, with the concept of wild, wild beasts and so on. It is a diminutive of qhr, beast. Thayer gives it as beast, little beast. In view of this, the prospect of small creations being involved in the destructions is by no means excluded!
*2 Cf. Koran Surahs 3:148, 160, 4:76, 8:36-41, 9:5, 9:27-31, 9:77-46, 47:3-10, 48:22, Lord of Life Ch. 3, Red Alert ... Ch. 16, More Marvels ... Ch. 4. On not-God, see Beauty of Holiness, Ch. 5, esp. *3