How to Survive the Apocalypse #4

S**t Just Got Biblical

The signs of our times are everywhere.

This week, the word ‘Biblical’ trended on Twitter after Sidney Powell, who is prosecuting the Dominion side of the electoral fraud case, said of the case she was filing in Georgia: “It will be Biblical.”

Meanwhile, Jenna Ellis, who is senior legal advisor to the Trump team, told media this week that she has received a barrage of threatening and    abusive messages.

“My only comment is this,” she said in response. “Do your worst. I’m not intimidated. I won’t back down. My mission is Truth, my God is the Lord Jesus Christ, and my client is the President of the United States.”

On Wednesday night, President Trump released a proclamation, as is customary before a holiday, which opened:

“On Thanksgiving Day, we thank God for the abundant blessings in our lives. As we gather with family and friends to celebrate this season of generosity, hope, and gratitude, we commemorate America’s founding traditions of faith, family, and friendship, and give thanks for the principles of freedom, liberty, and democracy.”

In the proclamation, President Trump, added: “I  encourage all Americans to gather, in homes and places of worship, to offer a prayer of thanks to God for our many blessings.”

In seemingly-but-not-actually-unrelated news, this week also brought a ruling by the Supreme Court blocking New York Governor Andrew Cuomo from enforcing limits on the number of people who could gather at     religious places of worship.

In his ruling in support, Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote:

“New York’s Governor has asserted the power to assign different color codes to different parts of the State and govern each by executive decree. In “red zones,” houses of worship are all but closed — limited to a        maximum of 10 people. In the Orthodox Jewish community that limit might operate to exclude all women, considering 10 men are necessary to establish a minyan, or a quorum. In “orange zones,” it’s not much  different. Churches and synagogues are limited to a  maximum of 25 people. These restrictions apply even to the largest cathedrals and synagogues, which ordinarily hold hundreds.

“At the same time, the Governor has chosen to impose no capacity restrictions on certain businesses he considers “essential.” And it turns out the businesses the Governor considers essential  include hardware stores, acupuncturists, and liquor stores. Bicycle repair shops, certain signage companies, accountants, lawyers, and insurance agents are all essential too. So, at least according to the  Governor, it may be unsafe to go to church, but it is always fine to pick up another bottle of wine, shop for a new bike, or spend the afternoon exploring your distal points and meridians. Who knew public health would so perfectly align with secular convenience?

“Indeed, the Governor is remarkably frank about this: In his judgment laundry and liquor, travel and tools, are all “essential” while traditional religious exercises are not. That is exactly the kind of discrimination the First Amendment forbids. Nor is the problem an isolated one. In recent months, certain other Governors have issued similar edicts. At the flick of a pen, they have asserted the right to privilege restaurants, marijuana dispensaries, and casinos over churches, mosques, and temples.”

Why do I highlight these events? Put simply, because apocalyptic times are Biblical times, and must be understood within that context.

That is not to say that they are Christian times. You don’t need to adhere to any religion, let alone denomination, to make sense of what is happening in our world at the moment, nor to find the safe(ish) path through those events.

But you do need to understand them within their proper context to make sense of them, and that context is that which is laid out in religious scriptures.

So what does ‘Biblical’ mean?

Merriam-Webster offers two definitions:

1: of, relating to, or being in accord with the Bible.
2: suggestive of the Bible or Bible times.

But neither of these readily fit Sidney Powell’s use of ‘Biblical’ to describe her law suit.

Nowhere in the prophets, histories, or psalms can I find reference to ‘Dominion Voting Systems,’ the ‘Smart-matic’ or ‘Hugo Chavez,’ for example. Nor is she suggesting, surely, that a stone-age or bronze-age nomadic shepherding tribe from the Middle East had a hand in the election, on either side.

Rather, I put to you that what she meant to indicate through her use of the word is that the events we are currently witnessing adhere to the pattern of events laid out within the scriptures, that is to say, they are both epoch defining, and satisfy archetypal patterns.

The stories found in the Old Testament, and especially those found in the earliest books of the Bible such as Genesis and Job predate even Judaism. Some are so old that no-one is entirely sure where they came from, and they have the signature markings of having been drawn together by a large number of authors and editors. The texts we have today are the distillation of centuries, possibly millennia, of humans bearing witness to events such as those we are now living through and recording those events, so that the   detail is sieved out but the pattern remains.

What, then, is that pattern?

Roughly speaking, it is: societies forget God and become complacent, whereupon two things happen. The first is that they start to ignore the natural order of things. In our day, this is best symbolized by the abandonment of sex to describe gender. A man can be a woman if he likes, we are told, or even a deer, or an alien, if he so desires it, and who is to say otherwise? Or, more darkly, it is exemplified by the recent trend toward normalisation of paedophilia.

The second thing to happen is that man fancies he can replace God and build utopia himself. This is the Tower of Babel story, but it is also the Great Reset, or Communism in general, or indeed Climate Change absolutism — or Covid fanaticism — both of which imagine that humans hold enough power to direct nature.

 The Hebrew scriptures tell us what happens in these scenarios: floods wash the society away, or fire and brimstone rain down upon them. In the Babel story, the people start to speak different languages and can’t complete their civil engineering project, and if that doesn’t sound like the left eating itself thanks to its ridiculous obsession with intersectionality, I don’t know what does.

But it also tells us how to respond:

Micah 6:8
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy 
and to walk humbly with your God.

Amen.

The Good News

There was one very welcome piece of news this week: the Jewish Satmar (ultra-Orthodox) community in Brooklyn pulled off a secret wedding attended by thousands of mask-less people, without the authorities getting the slightest wind of it until it was all over. 

A report noted that it were as though no pandemic were taking place—and indeed, to the Satmar’s (and in objective reality) it is not. Their strong community bonds, though oftentimes described as oppressive, have enabled them to carry on with life as normal. The rest of us should perhaps take note.

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