American and Israeli flags on the walls of old Jerusalem after Trump’s announcement.
Well there has been so much going on in America these days which deserve a post but yours truly has simply not had the desire to write about them. What’s the use? I just shake my head; after all, why bother? My silly little critiques change nothing.
Our Republican Congress is rushing to pass a “tax bill” – something. Anything before the end of the year. It benefits billionaires (like the President and wealthy members of Congress) and corporations while juggling around middle and working class taxes giving some a few dollars in benefits over the next several years while others will pay a few dollars more. The bullshit about trickle down economics continues while everyone knows the savings to corporations will go to shareholders and stock buybacks and not to “create jobs.”
Alabama rejected the child molester to replace the racist Jeff Sessions, now our Attorney General, and will send a Democrat to the Senate for the first time in decades. So the tax bill is being rushed along while the child molester refuses to concede for the GOP cannot afford to lose more than two votes in the Senate and have already lost one of their own.
Seems the lone holdout at this point is the last of the Republican deficit hawks who used to worry about spending before they came into power. If the tax bill is passed they will next attack “entitlements” in order to reduce spending. Why bother writing about this?
The child molester is now railing about the immorality sweeping American; abortion, sodomy, tran-sexuals, same sex marriage and the superiority of “God’s Law” over the Constitution. Meanwhile he was one of those 30 somethings hitting on underage teen girls. Good Christian, I remember his ilk: “If they’re old enough to bleed they’re old enough to breed!”
Which brings me to our illustrious President’s recent action in recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and beginning the move of the embassy from Tel-Aviv amid the vocal opposition of most of the world.
Now we all know the two state solution is dead as far as Israel is concerned; Netanyahu has already made it abundantly clear that there will be no Palestinian state on his watch nor will Palestinians ever become Israeli citizens. Trump’s move simply puts the icing on the cake.
Read a funny satire last week – seems the PLO was recognizing Texas as part of Mexico taken and occupied by the United States by force. Additionally the PLO was moving its Mexican Consulate from Mexico City to Houston. Made me smile.
Which brings me to the support of Evangelical Christians in the U.S. for Trump’s move to declare Jerusalem the undivided Israeli capital. Why were evangelicals so quick to hop on board?
Because these crazies are trying to bring about the conditions for the Apocalypse. Sheesh.
“A lot has been written in the past week about the geopolitical implications of Trump’s announcement that the United States, departing from most of the rest of the world, would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and begin the process of relocating its embassy there. Most of the Israeli political establishment — from the far-right parties to the center left — greeted it enthusiastically. Tthe Palestinians, who want Jerusalem, or some of it, for the capital of their own future state, were angry, warning it could spark another uprising, or intifada. But few were as excited by the news as Trump’s own evangelical supporters in America, who greeted the announcement, I think one can say, rapturously.”
“Now, I don’t know about you, but when I heard about Jerusalem, where the King of Kings — where our soon-coming king — is coming back to Jerusalem, it is because President Trump declared Jerusalem to be capital of Israel.” That was a Florida state senator named Doug Broxson, introducing Trump at a rally in Pensacola, Florida, cheered by a large crowd of believers eager to get on with the thousand-year reign of Jesus they were promised in Sunday school.
Now for evangelicals all this this is not regarded as a metaphor or a distant prophecy subject to revision or reinterpretation: It is a literal prediction of what must happen, as real and reliable as a forecast that says it will snow in Minnesota. Only the exact date is in question, but it is supposedly not far off. This is all conveniently, if somewhat cryptically, discussed in the Book of Revelation. There are some minor theological quibbles about the exact sequence in which all this will play out, but the prevailing theory holds that rebuilding the temple that was destroyed by the Romans in the year A.D. 70 is a precondition for it to occur. And because America, to Christian evangelicals, stands in a special relationship to Israel — and therefore to God — establishing an American Embassy in Jerusalem is an important first step. Yikes.
“There are a few details to be worked out, of course. One is exactly where to locate the temple, which must be on the site of the original Temple of Solomon, dating from around the 10th century B.C. Inconveniently, the predominant view is that this is exactly where the Dome of the Rock, one of the holiest of Muslim shrines, now stands. The area, known as the Temple Mount, is so sensitive that Israel prohibits Jews and other non-Muslims from praying there; just by setting foot there in 2000 the hard-line Israeli politician Ariel Sharon touched off an escalating series of riots, the second intifada, that went on for years.”
And the Old Testament goes into mind-numbing detail about the specifications of the temple and its furnishings, while there are some ultra-Orthodox Jews who believe that the whole enterprise has to be put off until the arrival of the Messiah, which would make moving the American Embassy theologically pointless. Nevertheless, there is a growing, if still small, movement in Israel that believes it’s time to move ahead on the temple project and Trump’s announcement was a shot in the arm to them.
““The prophets’ words of prophecy are coming forth from the Bible and becoming facts right before our eyes,” said the American-born rabbi Yehuda Glick, a member of Israel’s Parliament from the ruling Likud party who is active in the movement to restore the temple. An organization called the Temple Institute is meticulously reconstructing ritual artifacts for use there and has a project underway to breed a perfect calf, to be killed and burned and its ashes mixed with pure spring water to perform a ritual purification that is a necessary precondition to occupying the temple.”
And then what? Well there is a polite divergence between the Jewish Third Temple movement and its allies among evangelical Christians. To Jews, rebuilding the temple is a sacred commandment and an end in itself, allowing the resumption of biblical forms of worship that have been on hold for nearly 2,000 years. Jews will resume animal sacrifice under the direction of the cohanim — a priestly caste among Jews. Cohanim are directly descended along the male line (no females need apply) from the original high priest, Aaron, the brother of Moses. Right. “A “Cohanim Training Academy” has been established to school the prospective priests in the correct ritual. It’s a bloody job, but someone has to do it, because God wants it that way.”
“But if evangelical Christians are correct, history will take a very different course: The Antichrist will arise to desecrate the rebuilt temple, which will cause the Jews to finally realize that Jesus was the real Messiah, triggering a mass conversion. There will be seven years of tribulation followed by Armageddon, and in the middle of that battle, Jesus will return with all of the righteous from heaven and defeat the forces of evil and institute the millennial kingdom, the thousand-year reign of Christ. That’s probably not quite what Rabbi Glick has in mind to happen, but for now they are working together to get the process underway.”
We “libruls’ and atheists may bitch about Trump’s actions endangering peace in the world but to these crazies peace doesn’t matter. Only creating conditions necessary for the second coming matter. Jews waiting for the Messiah and Christians waiting for Jesus.
And of course the “anti-Christ” will carry the “mark of the Beast” – 666. It says so in Revelations. Or does it? Some have argued persuasively that the translation of the oldest text of Revelations written in Aramaic indicate the beast’s number is 616.
Most including the Roman Catholic Church believe that the number 666 or 616 refer to Emperor Nero Caesar written in Greek and Latin as follows: (thanks Wikipedia). In the original Hebrew each letter of alphabet can also be used for an equivalent number.
- Nron Qsr
The Greek version of the name and title transliterates into Hebrew as נרון קסר, and yields a numerical value of 666, ] as shown:
|Resh (ר)||Samekh (ס)||Qoph (ק)||Nun (נ)||Vav (ו)||Resh (ר)||Nun (נ)||Sum|
- Nro Qsr
The Latin version of the name drops the second Num , so that it appears as Nro and transliterates into Hebrew as נרו קסר, yielding 616:
|Resh (ר)||Samekh (ס)||Qoph (ק)||Vav (ו)||Resh (ר)||Nun (נ)||Sum|
It matters not that John of Patmos would not have been speaking to the people of his time of the Anti-Christ who wouldn’t exist for thousands of years in the future. Nor would he dare to refer to an Emperor by his name. He would use the code – 666 or 616 – and those “learned” who wrote in Hebrew letters would know to whom he referred. As for the “mark” the ancient text translates also as a stamp or seal on an imperial document – “any mark engraved, imprinted, or branded; stamped money, document or coin.” A common view of the Mark of the Beast is the stamped image of the emperor’s head on every coin of the Roman Empire: the stamp in the hand or in the mind of all, without which no one could buy or sell, the coin proclaiming his divinity.
No matter. The crazies will believe what they believe. The danger is they will contribute to the destruction of the planet in order to bring about the return of a long dead Jesus or mythical messiah who is never coming.
Here we are in the 21st century with millions of what I consider to be mentally ill people ready to do what ever is necessary to establish the conditions for the return of (a) Jesus or (b) the Messiah according to the bad dream of the Book of Revelations or old testament instructions in cubits as to how to rebuild the Temple destroyed in 70 A.D.
One should no more believe this tripe any more than believing the Garden of Eden was in Missouri, the planet is 3,500 years old or L. Ron Hubbard is the Messiah. Failure to once and for all discard this trash will mean we are not longed to exist as a species.