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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Sleepy Shallow

For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. Revelation 22:18.19

Despite the Book of Revelation[s] being often referred to in Fox Television’s new show “Sleepy Hollow,” there is no such thing. There is the Book of Revelation, but there is no Revelations.  The Revelation is singular because the message it conveys is such. It is the grandest message of all time!

The Revelation is only creepy or frightening if you are a person who is not spiritually prepared for it to occur. For those who fail to apprehend the message, it is a terrible thing to read. Unfortunately, most, (those who generally put an “S” at the end of the book) seldom read to the very end where one finds the culmination of the glorious hope that lies in the hearts of those who believe in Christ.

This is the purpose of shows like Sleepy Hollow, to obscure the ultimate message of the gospel and to give man the idea he has the ability to alter what God has ordained. That someone would want to stop the things foretold in Saint John’s Revelation—reveals a faithless lack of understanding.

“And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life”

Programs like Sleepy Hollow do just what the Book they plumb for sensational ideas warns against. Sleepy Hollow “takes away,” the reason why the events in Revelation occur, namely the abject depravity of man and the return of Christ to mete out justice for our wickedness. This leads to the restoration of the world and the realization of the already finished work of salvation for all who put their trust in Him.

There is no stopping the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. The Two Witnesses spoken of are not working to stop the events foretold in Revelation like the two protagonists in Fox’s show—They do the exact opposite, the Witnesses speak the Word of God and prepare the way for the return of Christ and they are anything but weak and helpless.

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 11:3-6

The very idea you would have an evil force or forces as depicted in the show, working to hasten the end times is silly in that Satan knows his time is up once these events begin.

It is worth noting the Horsemen are like the Two Witnesses, sent by God, not Satan or evil forces—They too are sent to make way for the Fifth Horseman—Christ Himself!

And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. Revelation 19:11

That Satan wishes to become the controller of the horsemen is the way he operates and part and parcel to the spirit of anti-Christ. The reason shows like Sleepy Hollow are necessary for the enemy, is to blur the rolls of prophecy and God and Satan—good and evil, to deceive people and keep them blinded to the gospel message.

And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts. Mark 4:15

Hence you have the diabolical idea of two covens of witches on opposite sides—One the “Good” coven, acting to check the Horsemen and an evil coven of witches working to aid the horsemen. There is no such thing as a good witch; all witchcraft depends upon the same demonic forces. People who work for God are called prophets, not sorcerers or witches.

Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices. II Corinthians 2:11

But this is the way Satan twists things—subtlety! His work is made easier by the fact most today never read the Holy Bible to even know what it teaches about such things. That the writers of the show consistently, have all the characters, even 18th century, Oxford professor, Ichabod Crain pluralize the final Book of the Holy Bible makes plain their profound ignorance and shallow understanding of the subject they chose to make the show’s premise.

Ignorance made all the more stunning when one realizes they had to at least open the Book in order to quote it—then again, perhaps like most today, they may be more likely to borrow information from the Internet via Google than to actually acquire knowledge first hand.

Superficially, Sleepy Hollow is just another police procedural with a more or less hapless but useful male asset, handled by a forceful and capable female cop. More often than not in today’s gender-neutral TV society, the woman carries the gun to protect the man.

I can hear the chorus, this article is sure to bring: “It’s just a TV show!” Is it? Perhaps. I will close with this thought, which permeates the Biblical subject matter Sleepy Hollow speciously wades in and relies upon so heavily. Whether your ends are to merely entertain or something more sinister, you can sow truth, evil or ignorance, whatever the case:

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. Galatians 6:7

Digital Publius 

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Putting Your Trust in “Government”

Wonderful think piece offered by Digital Publius contributor, Christopher Harris

The modern Black community reminds me of the wayward “children of Israel”. Numerous studies and polls have been done that say, in general, Black Americans are some of the most “religious” people in America, with the overwhelming majority of us claiming to put all of our FAITH, HOPE & TRUST in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV)
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.

Unfortunately, the reality is quite a bit different from the rhetoric. What trips me out about modern Black folks in general, is while so many of us claim to trust Jesus with our mouths, for the past 45+ years, we have shown with our ballots that, in reality, we place all (or most) of our FAITH, HOPE & TRUST in "Government”.

Oddly enough, if asked, within moments of casting a ballot showing we actually have FAITH, HOPE & TRUST in “Government”, with our very next breath, we will tell you we "don't trust the police".

Uhhhhhhhh, last time I checked, the police are the ENFORCEMENT ARM of "Government". Now STOP and THINK a second. You supposedly TRUST and WANT MORE "Government", but you have an almost inherent (cultural) distrust of "Government".

There is a reason Leftist/Progressive/Socialist minded White Democrats generally treat Black folks in such a patronizing and paternalistic manner.

James 1:8 (NKJV)
8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

It's time to grow-up Black folks. If we want to be respected, we have to start acting like rational, responsible adults.

1 Corinthians 13:11 (NKJV)
11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

Leftist/Progressive/Socialist minded White Democrats generally wouldn’t have this conversation with us and tell us these things, for two reasons:

1) They actually do not respect us at all; in fact they generally despise us.
2) They need us to remain in power, because without at least 85% of Blacks consistently voting for the DNC, the DNC will never win another national election.

The biggest shame is that our ancestors cried out for, and fought for freedom & liberty, because as soon as we were able to read, we picked up the Bible, and found that our Lord and Savior wanted us to be free.

Galatians 5:1 (NKJV)
 **Christian Liberty**
 1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage

Yet and still, instead of putting our FAITH, HOPE & TRUST in our heavenly father who worked on our behalf to give us that freedom & liberty…we decided to listen to the alluring words of Black Marxists like W.E.B. DuBois (who confirmed in 1961 at the age of 93 that he was, in fact, a Communist). We allowed folks like him to convince us the inherent righteousness of  “Government” was the reason we gained our freedom & liberty, and that if we only had more “Government”, we would have man-made equality, which is supposedly better than God-given freedom & liberty.

Time has proven beyond any reasonable doubt, more “Government” has done little or nothing to improve the overall condition of the Black Community. The empirical data is overwhelming and insurmountable. Yet, the Black Community as a whole still cries out for more “Government.”

When I pick up my Bible, I see so many interesting (and sad) parallels between the Black Community, and the children of Israel. The most interesting parallel of all is the similarity of the modern Black Community in this millennium, and the children of Israel at the end of the time of the Judges. I will leave you with this last scripture as something to STOP and THINK about.

1 Samuel 8 (NKJV)
**Israel Demands a King**
1 Now it came to pass when Samuel was old that he made his sons judges over Israel. 2 The name of his firstborn was Joel, and the name of his second, Abijah; they were judges in Beersheba. 3 But his sons did not walk in his ways; they turned aside after dishonest gain, took bribes, and perverted justice.
4 Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah, 5 and said to him, “Look, you are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.”
6 But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” So Samuel prayed to the Lord.
7 And the Lord said to Samuel, “Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them.
8 According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt, even to this day—with which they have forsaken Me and served other gods—so they are doing to you also.
 9 Now therefore, heed their voice. However, you shall solemnly forewarn them, and show them the behavior of the king who will reign over them.”
10 So Samuel told all the words of the Lord to the people who asked him for a king.
11 And he said, “This will be the behavior of the king who will reign over you: He will take your sons and appoint them for his own chariots and to be his horsemen, and some will run before his chariots.
12 He will appoint captains over his thousands and captains over his fifties, will set some to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and some to make his weapons of war and equipment for his chariots.
13 He will take your daughters to be perfumers, cooks, and bakers.
14 And he will take the best of your fields, your vineyards, and your olive groves, and give them to his servants.
15 He will take a tenth of your grain and your vintage, and give it to his officers and servants.
16 And he will take your male servants, your female servants, your finest young men, [a] and your donkeys, and put them to his work.
17 He will take a tenth of your sheep. And you will be his servants.
18 And you will cry out in that day because of your king whom you have chosen for yourselves, and the Lord will not hear you in that day.”
19 Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, “No, but we will have a king over us,
20 that we also may be like all the nations, and that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles.”
21 And Samuel heard all the words of the people, and he repeated them in the hearing of the Lord.
22 So the Lord said to Samuel, “Heed their voice, and make them a king.”And Samuel said to the men of Israel, “Every man go to his city.”

© C.L. Harris