Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Casting Out?


I have lamented a few times in this Déjà Vu ~ Times II blog about our latter-day failure to talk about or practice a prime healing modality of the Savior and His apostles:
Why?1
What Did Jesus Do?2
“We are Legion”* ???3
Jesus: à la mode*?4
But the other day, I ran across an insight that caused me to reflect on the casting out of spirits that seem disruptive and disturbing to our peace of mind. Here is something to consider:
Jesus does not subscribe to the opinion that our emotions or habits can or should be cast out by exorcism. To attempt to cast out something essential to the self is like performing castration to deal with lust. Great harm is done by well-intended, self-appointed “exorcists,” largely in neo-Pentecostal circles, by exorcising people who are not genuinely possessed (that is, are not possessed by outer personal or collective demons).

I once took a depressed friend to a charismatic prayer meeting where the leader offered to pray for her. In doing so he “cast out” her spirit of depression. In her case, however, as we learned somewhat later, her depression was being caused by frustration and repressed anger over the denial of opportunities for creative expression in the new community to which she had moved. To “cast it out” was merely to cast her depression’s causes deeper into the unconscious, denying her the opportunity of gaining insight into her problem. And on top of everything else, it added an additional layer of guilt for not getting better.

It is imperative then that any person dealing with the demonic (that is to say, any morally sensitive human being) learn to discern between inner and outer demons. Inner demons are usually not intrinsically evil but are rendered grotesque from suppression, paralyzed from disuse, or wounded from rejection. They are the parts of us regarded as socially unacceptable. They rob us of our self-esteem. They undermine our ego’s strategies for gaining respect by an outer show of competence or virtue. They are not worthy of fear, yet are a terror to the person who has not entered upon the death of the ego and rebirth to an honest life. Here the aid of psychotherapy can prove invaluable.

Traditional societies spoke of this distinction between inner personal and outer personal demons by contrasting “losing one’s soul” and “being freed from a spirit.” By “losing one’s soul” they referred to the danger of being deprived of some essential aspect of personal identity that all the subpersonalities taken in their totality go together to create. To this they contrast being freed from a “spirit,” the latter being understood as an alien invader that has seized the personality and holds it captive. It is therefore a loss to “lose one’s soul,” but a relief to lose a spirit.

If the demonic manifests itself in such a variety of ways— collective, outer personal, and inner personal— then it follows that a variety of responses is in order. How, in each of these situations, are we to go about dealing with our demons?5

Given the complex and problematic nature of the demonic, what function then does exorcism have? There is no simple answer to this question. Not only is a different response required for the inner personal demonic than for either outer personal possession or collective possession, but within each type we must discern, in each case, what is needed.

The Inner Personal Demonic

In the case of inner personal demons, as I have indicated, exorcism has no place at all. Exorcism is, as the medical people like to say, contraindicated. Inner personal demons must instead be handled the way the father treated the returning prodigal son in the parable: “His father saw him and had compassion, and ran and embraced and kissed him” (Luke 15: 20).

Traditional Christian pietism has done little to help us embrace these inner demons. It has either denied their reality and projected the evil out on others, whom it has then “demonized” (communists, adulterers, homosexuals), or it has demonized the very emotions themselves, naming and “casting out” a Spirit of Anger, a Spirit of Envy, or a Spirit of Lust.[ 39] Neither solution acknowledges this evil as our own; indeed, as I noted in the introduction to this book, Christians have never dealt well with the inner darkness of the redeemed. The general tendency of spiritual direction over the past centuries has been to lead from strength: to try continually to increase one’s commitment, obedience, faith, love. This high road to God has produced a kind of brittle and self-righteous sanctity whenever significant reserves of shadow simply remained repressed.

It has become our destiny today that the way to God should lead us first down into the depths, to encounter God in the darkness there— not in order to return purified to face God, but as the physicist Alfred Romer put it, because the darkness is where God is.6

After giving several examples, the writer cautions:
Nevertheless, even here it is hazardous to hand down hard and fast advice. Sometimes we need to stand our ground and wrestle the inner spirit to grant its blessing, but at others flight is the only counsel of wisdom, if the power of evil threatens to inundate us. Everything depends on whether the spirit is inner or outer, whether it is a matter of healing one’s own soul or being freed from an alien power.[ 43] At such times there is no substitute for the objectivity and experience of a spiritual guide who can help us determine whether what we face is “ours” or “outer.”

Having said that, one must also say its opposite. Excessive fear of these dark shapes encroaching from our depths may stampede us into flight just when we need to summon all our courage to step forward with open hands to embrace them. There is that of God in every one of us which is sovereign over whatever aspects of demonic darkness we encounter. It is our fear itself which gives the demonic its power.

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Yes, perhaps everything terrible— or at least most of what is terrible in our own souls— is in its deepest being something helpless that wants help from us. To trust that, not only personally, but in our social world— to see the massive evils of our day as twisted and contorted “goods” that want to be redeemed— takes a certain kind of faith. But those outer evils will not loom quite so terrible if we have already begun to face our own demonic powers within.7
So, perhaps some of our anxiety, angst, depression, anger, frustration, sadness, etc. is the voice of God's Spirit trying to break through into our consciousness—to turn us into the purpose and mission of our unique life. If we resist through fear, apathy, laziness, distraction, conformity, or for a thousand other reasons, will that Spirit leave us in peace? Probably not, considering how the Great Creator views the worth of souls.8

Thus, if we fail to consider and discern the cause of dis-ease, could we be attempting to cast out a Spirit that is essential to our spiritual growth and salvation? Just something to consider? something to discern?

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1. https://dejavu-timestwo.blogspot.com/2018/12/why.html
2. https://dejavu-timestwo.blogspot.com/2016/12/what-did-jesus-do_16.html
3. https://dejavu-timestwo.blogspot.com/2016/10/we-are-legion.html
4. https://dejavu-timestwo.blogspot.com/2016/08/jesus-la-mode.html
5. Wink, Walter. Unmasking the Powers: The Invisible Forces That Determine Human Existence: 2 (Powers, Vol 2) (Kindle Location 1568-1587). Fortress Press. Kindle Edition.
6. Ibid. (Kindle Locations 1635-1651). Fortress Press. Kindle Edition.
7. Ibid. (Kindle Locations 1670-1687). Fortress Press. Kindle Edition.
8. Doctrine and Covenants | Section 18:10 ~ Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God;

Saturday, October 19, 2019

What is Our Real History?

“There are two ways to be fooled.
 One is to believe what isn’t true;
 the other is to refuse to believe what is true.”1

[O]ur own individual point of view makes a great difference to how we see things.2
Which raises the quandary footnoted (being #10) in a blog post of January 16, 2016.3 The quandary? How can we be sure of church history when so many revisions were made to it in 1845, the year following the martyrdom of Joseph in 1844? Here is the reproduced footnote:
10. Re Mormon history revision: All the following quotes are from History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 7 vols., [purported author, Joseph Smith], introduction and notes by B. H. Roberts [Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1932-1951]. (All bold emphasis added.) Note: [Do we] know what B[righam]Y[oung] meant by revising—just grammar and style errors or something more? [And is correcting the same as revising?]
» Moreover, since the death of the Prophet Joseph, the history has been carefully revised under the strict inspection of President Brigham Young, and approved by him, (1:v-vi; 7:243)
» Tuesday, April 1, 1845.—I [Brigham Young] commenced revising the History of Joseph Smith at Brother Richards' office: Elder Heber C. Kimball and George A. Smith were with me. President Joseph Smith had corrected forty-two pages before his massacre. It afforded us great satisfaction to hear Brother Richards read the history of the infancy of the church. Adjourned at eleven p.m. having read one hundred and forty pages in Book 'A'.
» Wednesday, [April] 2 [1845].—Engaged at Elder Richards' office with Elders Kimball and Smith revising Church History. (7:389)
» Saturday, [May] 10 [1845].—Brother George A. Smith called upon me this morning and I [BY] accompanied him to the Historian's Office where we read and revised Church History. …
» Monday, [May] 12 [1845].—Evening, with Brothers Heber C. Kimball, W. Richards and George A. Smith at Brother Edward Hunter's revising history.
» Tuesday, [May] 13 [1845].—With Elders Heber C. Kimball, W. Richards and George A. Smith reading and revising Church History at Brother Edward Hunter's where we had retired to keep out of the way of writs reported to have been issued against us. (7:408)
» Wednesday, [May] 14 [1845].—Continued at Brother Edward Hunter's as yesterday; my health, and that of Brother Richards poor; but we read and revised history all day. …
» Friday, [May] 16 [1845].—I spent the day at Brother Hunter's in company with Brothers Heber C. Kimball, Willard Richards, George A. Smith and N. K. Whitney revising history: …
» Saturday, [May] 17 [1845].—Revising history as yesterday, with the addition of Brother John Taylor: … (7:411)
» Tuesday, [May] 20 [1845].—With the brethren named I remained at Brother Pierce's; Willard Richards and George A. Smith joined us. We read and revised fifty-seven pages of History of Joseph Smith from Book 'B': … (7:414)
» Wednesday, [June] 18 [1845].—I met with Elders Heber C. Kimball, John Taylor and George A. Smith at Brother Taylor's; we revised a portion of the History of Joseph Smith. …
» Thursday, [June] 19 [1845].—I spent the day with Brothers H. C. Kimball and George A. Smith revising history. …
» Friday, [June] 20 [1845].—Elders H. C. Kimball, Orson Pratt, George A. Smith, and myself engaged revising Church History. (7:427-428)
» Saturday, [November] 8 [1845].—Revising history in company with Brothers Heber C. Kimball, Willard Richards and George A. Smith till 4 p.m. (7:514)
» Monday, [November] 10 [1845].—I spent the day with Elders Heber C. Kimball, Willard Richards and George A. Smith revising Church History; …
» Tuesday, [November] 11 [1845].—Forenoon, Elders Willard Richards and George A. Smith revising history. Afternoon, Elder Kimball and I joined them, and assisted in revising history. (7:519)
» Wednesday, [November] 26 [1845].—At the Historian's Office with Elder George A. Smith and revised fifty pages history. …
» Friday, [November] 28 [1845].—I went to the Trustees' Office, attending to church business. Elders Willard Richards and George A. Smith read and revised history to the end of 1843. (7:532)
» Monday, [December] 29 [1845].— … Elders George A. Smith and Amasa Lyman revised history. (7:556)
So what was the purpose of so many revisions made to our history? Do we know what and how extensive the revisions were? Were they innocuous? Were they just cleaning up errors? adding things that should have been recorded but had been forgotten as in the Savior's admonition to Nephi4?

Maybe someone has researched and written about these revisions in depth (if they can even be ascertained), but the question remains: How can we know the full truth if we are not open to seeking it? And if we refuse to see and hear 360°, how can we take dogmatic positions with only 180° (or less) awareness? Why do we attach ourselves so readily to rigid positions? holding to hard priors5 instead of viewing as best we can the 360° view and being truly open to proving all things6 with a discerning spirit? Have we not learned from the déjà vus of record-keeping and the prescience of George Orwell's 1984 how easy it is to amend, revise, mis-state, or mis-remember “events”? sometimes deliberately toward error?

What, too, is our real U.S. history? Are we not witnessing every day allegations of “suppressed facts”? of CIA and ST7 psych-ops orchestrated without conscience, sometimes just for the “fun and games” of it? Have we not already been put on notice of the “revision / false attribution” strategy of those early deceivers in our own church history8? How can we be sure what is original-Joseph and what is revision-Joseph? and in these last days what is deep-state propaganda and what is fact?

Perhaps that is why we need to reserve final judgments9 in our Bernayzian10 world, not only about Joseph, but about US until we are ready to hear and see 360°.

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1. (Søren Kierkegaard ~ 1813-1855); see https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/35782-there-are-two-ways-to-be-fooled-one-is-to
2. Midgley, Mary. The Myths We Live By (p. 28). Taylor and Francis.
3. https://dejavu-timestwo.blogspot.com/2016/01/part-one-evil-speaking-discernment.html
4. Book of Mormon | 3 Nephi 23:8–13 ~ And when Nephi had brought forth the records, and laid them before him, he cast his eyes upon them and said: Verily I say unto you, I commanded my servant Samuel, the Lamanite, that he should testify unto this people, that at the day that the Father should glorify his name in me that there were many saints who should arise from the dead, and should appear unto many, and should minister unto them. And he said unto them: Was it not so? And his disciples answered him and said: Yea, Lord, Samuel did prophesy according to thy words, and they were all fulfilled. And Jesus said unto them: How be it that ye have not written this thing, that many saints did arise and appear unto many and did minister unto them? And it came to pass that Nephi remembered that this thing had not been written. And it came to pass that Jesus commanded that it should be written; therefore it was written according as he commanded.
5. The science writer Sharon Begley gives insight into such motivated reasoning: “If you have a strongly held belief with an emotional component, the brain defends information that reinforces those ‘priors’ and is skeptical of information that challenges them. … People who hold these hard priors filter information to support their perceptions.” (Bold emphasis mine.) These observations are from the work of political scientist Hank Jenkins-Smith of the University of Oklahoma as quoted, in Newsweek, October 13, 2010, pp. 29-30 by science writer Sharon Begley about voter tendencies—observations that seem applicable to almost everything that requires choice or discernment. We all do it, (even this writer) and without awareness of a “priors” bias, are we not all more prone to biased judgment—whether pro or con? Shouldn’t 360° honesty in dealing with all the facts help control that bias?
6. New Testament | 1 Thessalonians 5:21 ~ Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
7. See L. Fletcher Prouty's, The Secret Team:The CIA and its Allies in Control of the United States and the World
8. Doctrine and Covenants | Section 10:8–37 ~ And because you  [Joseph] have delivered the writings into his hands, behold, wicked men have taken them from you. Therefore, you have delivered them up, yea, that which was sacred, unto wickedness. And, behold, Satan hath put it into their hearts to alter the words which you have caused to be written, or which you have translated, which have gone out of your hands. And behold, I say unto you, that because they have altered the words, they read contrary from that which you translated and caused to be written; And, on this wise, the devil has sought to lay a cunning plan, that he may destroy this work; For he hath put into their hearts to do this, that by lying they may say they have caught you in the words which you have pretended to translate. Verily, I say unto you, that I will not suffer that Satan shall accomplish his evil design in this thing. For behold, he has put it into their hearts to get thee to tempt the Lord thy God, in asking to translate it over again. And then, behold, they say and think in their hearts—We will see if God has given him power to translate; if so, he will also give him power again; And if God giveth him power again, or if he translates again, or, in other words, if he bringeth forth the same words, behold, we have the same with us, and we have altered them; Therefore they will not agree, and we will say that he has lied in his words, and that he has no gift, and that he has no power; Therefore we will destroy him, and also the work; and we will do this that we may not be ashamed in the end, and that we may get glory of the world. Verily, verily, I say unto you, that Satan has great hold upon their hearts; he stirreth them up to iniquity against that which is good; And their hearts are corrupt, and full of wickedness and abominations; and they love darkness rather than light, because their deeds are evil; therefore they will not ask of me. Satan stirreth them up, that he may lead their souls to destruction. And thus he has laid a cunning plan, thinking to destroy the work of God; but I will require this at their hands, and it shall turn to their shame and condemnation in the day of judgment. Yea, he stirreth up their hearts to anger against this work. Yea, he saith unto them: Deceive and lie in wait to catch, that ye may destroy; behold, this is no harm. And thus he flattereth them, and telleth them that it is no sin to lie that they may catch a man in a lie, that they may destroy him. And thus he flattereth them, and leadeth them along until he draggeth their souls down to hell; and thus he causeth them to catch themselves in their own snare. And thus he goeth up and down, to and fro in the earth, seeking to destroy the souls of men. Verily, verily, I say unto you, wo be unto him that lieth to deceive because he supposeth that another lieth to deceive, for such are not exempt from the justice of God. Now, behold, they have altered these words, because Satan saith unto them: He hath deceived you—and thus he flattereth them away to do iniquity, to get thee to tempt the Lord thy God. Behold, I say unto you, that you shall not translate again those words which have gone forth out of your hands; For, behold, they shall not accomplish their evil designs in lying against those words. For, behold, if you should bring forth the same words they will say that you have lied and that you have pretended to translate, but that you have contradicted yourself. And, behold, they will publish this, and Satan will harden the hearts of the people to stir them up to anger against you, that they will not believe my words. Thus Satan thinketh to overpower your testimony in this generation, that the work may not come forth in this generation. But behold, here is wisdom, and because I show unto you wisdom, and give you commandments concerning these things, what you shall do, show it not unto the world until you have accomplished the work of translation. Marvel not that I said unto you: Here is wisdom, show it not unto the world—for I said, show it not unto the world, that you may be preserved. Behold, I do not say that you shall not show it unto the righteous; But as you cannot always judge the righteous, or as you cannot always tell the wicked from the righteous, therefore I say unto you, hold your peace until I shall see fit to make all things known unto the world concerning the matter.
9. New Testament | 1 Corinthians 4:5 ~ Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.
10. “The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.” (Source: https://www.amazon.com/Propaganda-Edward-Bernays-ebook/dp/B0097D76MG/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2NLE7CZI9MORU&keywords=propaganda+bernays&qid=1570053969&sprefix=propaganda%2Caps%2C210&sr=8-1  |  “Edward Bernays (1891–1995), pioneered the scientific technique of shaping and manipulating public opinion, which he famously dubbed “engineering of consent.” During World War I, he was an integral part of the U.S. Committee on Public Information (CPI), a powerful propaganda apparatus that was mobilized to package, advertise and sell the war to the American people as one that would “Make the World Safe for Democracy.” The CPI would become the blueprint in which marketing strategies for future wars would be based upon. // Bernays applied the techniques he had learned in the CPI and, incorporating some of the ideas of Walter Lipmann, became an outspoken proponent of propaganda as a tool for democratic and corporate manipulation of the population.”

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

The Nature of “Seeing” and “Seeing Not”


Seeing reality?
Discernment does not entail esoteric knowledge, but rather the gift of seeing reality as it really is. Nothing is more rare, or more truly revolutionary, than an accurate description of reality.1
A delusional system?
The delusional system is a game being played on us by the Powers That Be. That game is nowhere more trenchantly exposed than in the surrealistic images of Revelation 12-13.° // Of first significance is the fact that the insights in these chapters are given as revelations. John sees what for others is invisible (13:1, 2, 11); what has previously been unseen "appears" to him (12:1, 3).2
The one who sees
The seer[3] [see-er] does not, however, simply read off the spirituality of the empire or an institution from its observed behavior. The situation is more complex. The demonic spirit of the outer structure has already been internalized by the seer [see-er], along with everyone else. That is how the empire wins compliance. The seer's [see-er's] gift is not to be immune to invasion by the empire's spirituality, but to be able to discern that internalized spirituality, name it, and externalize it. This drives the demonic out of concealment. What was hidden is now revealed. The seer [see-er] is enabled to hear her or his own voice chanting the slogans of the Powers, is shown that they are a lie, and is empowered to expel them. The seer [see-er] locates the source of the chanting outside, and is set free from it.4
Do we see any parallel? Any déjà vu?
The Roman Empire had brought peace to a fratricidal world. It presided over a period of unparalleled prosperity (for the prosperous). Its might was so legendary that a single emissary could prompt surrender. But this facade of magnificence was bought at a horrible price. The revelation that comes to John strips off the mask of benevolence and reveals, beneath it, the true spirit of Rome. ... He sees, instead, a grotesque and monstrous deformity bent on supplanting God (Revelation 13), or a harlot seated on Rome's seven hills, inviting promiscuous intercourse with the client-kings she has intoxicated with the aphrodisiac of power (17:1-18).5

It is a signal achievement to have discerned Rome's monstrous spirit, though certain Cynic philosophers may have done as much. What gives John's vision added depth is its awareness that the Domination System transcends its current embodiments. No regnant Power is ever identical with the Domination System. There are too many survivals of partnership, too many outbreaks of human decency, too many compassionate, fair-minded people and strong women and equitable laws and humane officials, to achieve pure domination. But beyond each regime (symbolized in Revelation by the Beasts from land and sea) stands the ancient System of Domination, whose spirit is Satan (symbolized by the Dragon).6
When nations, peoples, animals pretend to be blind
A rise or fall in hierarchical position [pecking order position] can radically rearrange the way we see the world.7

Now and then, [when my friendly, playful German Shepherd dog and I are out walking, we encounter] a mastiff or Great Dane, a hulking giant that makes my well-built pooch look like a fuzzy midget. When one of these really big dogs appears, a strange thing happens to my pet’s enthusiasm: it disappears. Faced with a creature he knows will beat him soundly, my shepherd plays a perceptual game. He trots along staring resolutely ahead, feigning obliviousness to the massive monster in the distance. // Ethologist Frans de Waal has noted the same behavior in chimpanzees. ... [W]hen strength and swiftness [of dominant males] fade , the aging leaders ... [l]ike my dog, ... pretend they do not see. A rival may swagger toward the reigning monarch determined to assert his claims. ... He [the rival] makes terrifying noises by pounding on any resonant object in sight. He swings huge branches intimidatingly through the air. But the weakened elder deals with this pecking order challenge in a strange way. He turns his head and pretends to be utterly absorbed in examining a banana peel. For a time, the aging leader who refuses to see his rivals retains his top position. His old system of alliances props him up. ... [But] eventually, the older statesman will be forced to yield his position, and the young turk will become the new head chimp.8
What are we pretending not to see?
Like the chimp who hopes he can cling to his preeminence by ignoring a rival [or some glaring truth], we toy with our equivalent to a banana peel. While events of grisly horror grind down humans by the millions, we simply turn away.9
Seeing our way through
But how can we affirm victory in the midst of repeated defeats? // Because there are people who are now beginning to see and act free of the Domination System [the pecking order reality]. No matter how terrible the sufferings of those detained and tortured in nonviolent demonstrations in South Africa or South Korea or Burma, the reign of God has already begun! This is no pious fiction. The power of God is already made manifest, because people formerly craven and terrified are ready to be fired from jobs, bludgeoned, jailed, or killed for the sake of a fairer system. The authority of Christ is already establishing itself, because victims are not only affirming their own humanity, but doing so in a way that affirms the humanity of their oppressors. The salvation of God is a present reality, because the very struggle for liberation would not have been possible had the powerless not discovered within themselves resources laid up by God in their creation: to be nonviolent yet powerful, loving yet immovable, joyous yet prepared to die.10
Are we prepared to be seers—ones who see things as they really are? to hear the witnesses? to acknowledge that a bestial spirit has taken power in secret combinations? that our “facade of magnificence [has been] bought at a horrible price”? Or will we refuse to see? refuse unless leaders countenance our seeing? PLEASE, let us not wait for permission to see.

Let us be see-ers and doers NOW.
[A] seer [see-er] can know of things which are past, and also of things which are to come, and by them [the see-ers] shall all things be revealed, or, rather, shall secret things be made manifest, and hidden things shall come to light, and things which are not known shall be made known by them [the see-ers], and also things shall be made known by them which otherwise could not be known. Thus God has provided a means that man, through faith, might work mighty miracles; therefore he becometh a great benefit to his fellow beings.11
And seeing the spirits of domination and blindness that now reign, what better admonition to repeat than this one:
6 That we may not only publish to all the world, but present them to the heads of government in all their dark and hellish hue, as the last effort which is enjoined on us by our Heavenly Father, before we can fully and completely claim that promise which shall call him forth from his hiding place; and also that the whole nation may be left without excuse before he can send forth the power of his mighty arm.
7 It is an imperative duty that we owe to God, to angels, with whom we shall be brought to stand, and also to ourselves, to our wives and children, who have been made to bow down with grief, sorrow, and care, under the most damning hand of murder, tyranny, and oppression, supported and urged on and upheld by the influence of that spirit which hath so strongly riveted the creeds of the fathers, who have inherited lies, upon the hearts of the children, and filled the world with confusion, and has been growing stronger and stronger, and is now the very mainspring of all corruption, and the whole earth groans under the weight of its iniquity.
8 It is an iron yoke, it is a strong band; they are the very handcuffs, and chains, and shackles, and fetters of hell.
9 Therefore it is an imperative duty that we owe, not only to our own wives and children, but to the widows and fatherless, whose husbands and fathers have been murdered under its iron hand;
10 Which dark and blackening deeds are enough to make hell itself shudder, and to stand aghast and pale, and the hands of the very devil to tremble and palsy.
11 And also it is an imperative duty that we owe to all the rising generation, and to all the pure in heart—
12 For there are many yet on the earth among all sects, parties, and denominations, who are blinded by the subtle craftiness of men, whereby they lie in wait to deceive, and who are only kept from the truth because they know not where to find it—
13 Therefore, that we should waste and wear out our lives in bringing to light all the hidden things of darkness, wherein we know them; and they are truly manifest from heaven—
14 These should then be attended to with great earnestness.
15 Let no man count them as small things; for there is much which lieth in futurity, pertaining to the saints, which depends upon these things.12
Has this imperative duty ever been done: THEN or NOW?

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1. Walter Wink. Engaging the Powers: Discernment and Resistance in a World of Domination (Kindle Locations 1316-1317). Kindle Edition. (Bold emphasis added)
2. Ibid. (Kindle Locations 1314-1316).
3. Seer = the one who sees: the see-er
4. Walter Wink. Engaging the Powers: Discernment and Resistance in a World of Domination (Kindle Locations 1318-1322). Kindle Edition. (Bold emphasis added.)
5. Ibid. (Kindle Locations 1324-1330). (Bold emphasis added.)
6. Ibid. (Kindle Locations 1330-1333).
7. Bloom, Howard. The Lucifer Principle: A Scientific Expedition into the Forces of History (p. 291). Grove Atlantic. Kindle Edition.
8. Ibid. (p. 291-292).
9. Ibid. (p. 298). (Bold emphasis added.)  Peruse this blog and its companion Déjà Vu ~ Times to review the hundreds of things we seem to continually turn away from like child abuse and trafficking, CIA drugs and weapons running, treasons, PWOCs in power, etc., etc., etc.
10. Walter Wink. Engaging the Powers: Discernment and Resistance in a World of Domination (Kindle Locations 4575-4581). Kindle Edition.
11. Book of Mormon | Mosiah 8:17-18  Consider also:
New Testament | Hebrews 8:10-11 ~ For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.
12. Doctrine and Covenants | Section 123:6-15 (Bold emphasis added.)

Sunday, September 29, 2019

The ABCs of Current Events


To put it bluntly, if one is consistently listening to a favorite MSM station, whether Right- or Left-leaning; whether Fox or CNN or MSNBC or CBS, etc., etc., one is being royally, regularly, deliberately deceived. Yes, WE ALL ARE—every last soul of us—because the past 100 years has been devoted to the mix-up1 of truth and error in proportions so massive we will scarce believe our gullibility and folly when all is revealed.

And why are we being deceived? Because it's all part of repeating POWER plays; because competition for power is the natural order—the perennial déjà vu—of nature2 and history—of this entire fallen world. If one wants the graphic details, one can read:
THE LUCIFER PRINCIPLE: A Scientific Expedition into the Forces of History.3
Then we can observe the world as it is instead of living in a fantasy that we are not fallen; that competitive capitalism4 does not exacerbate the worst of human nature; that we are immune to The Lucifer Effect5; that this entire earth experience doesn't boil every last one of us down to the test of power. Will we abuse it in whatever small or large degree when we gain access to it? That is the question.

So what are the ABCs of current events? What are the POWER plays playing on?
Abominations. (Get people who have power or the potential for future power to involve themselves in abominations of some sort or other whether wittingly or unwittingly.)
Blackmail, bribery.
Corruption, conspiracy, coercion, compartmentalization, cover-ups.
Deception, denial, deflection. (Lie and deny there is such a thing as conspiracy though it is a factor in nigh every crime and combination. When necessary, deflect and accuse others.)
Energy. (Control the world's energy resources and you control the world.6)
Faking, frauds,7 fear.
Gullibility, greed, graft.
Hubris, hypocrisy, humiliation.
(And the list goes on.)
If one wishes a more targeted ABC of current events, one might profit from a citizen journalist's8 video-log of what is befalling US and the world—with names, dates, places, and powers plays.
A for Awan Spy Ring: The Webb Report - ... Chapter One - Page One (Sept. 6, 2019; Time 12:24) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5A2lOxb2nI

B for Blackberries: The Webb Report - ... Chapter One - Page Two (Sept. 7 2019; Time 10:58) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iM10AQUNRZw

C for Cassandra (Drugs for Weapons = Operation Cassandra): The Webb Report - ...Chapter One - Page Three (Sept. 8, 2019; Time 10:40) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8R4xJIK6t0
Webb Report Chapter One - Preview Of Next Three Pages – Dyncorp, Epstein, Flynn (Sept 10, 2019; Time 3:10) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shZAv7Qz4Fk
D for Dyncorp: The Webb Report - Chapter One - Page Four (Sept. 12, 2019; Time 12:53) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_rNnJWBZ1E

E for Epstein: The Webb Report - Chapter One - Page 5 ... (Sept. 16, 2019; Time 11:55) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAPCx6Tv5Y0&t=66s or at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAPCx6Tv5Y0

F for Flynn: (watch for The Webb Report – Chapter One – Page 6; and subsequent pages as they are posted.)
And let us remember:
Wherefore, O ye Gentiles, it is wisdom in God that these things should be shown unto you, that thereby ye may repent of your sins, and suffer not that these murderous combinations shall get above you, which are built up to get power and gain—and the work, yea, even the work of destruction come upon you, yea, even the sword of the justice of the Eternal God shall fall upon you, to your overthrow and destruction if ye shall suffer these things to be. Wherefore, the Lord commandeth you, when ye shall see these things come among you that ye shall awake to a sense of your awful situation, because of this secret combination which shall be among you; or wo be unto it, because of the blood of them who have been slain; for they cry from the dust for vengeance upon it, and also upon those who built it up. For it cometh to pass that whoso buildeth it up seeketh to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations, and countries; and it bringeth to pass the destruction of all people, for it is built up by the devil, who is the father of all lies; even that same liar who beguiled our first parents, yea, even that same liar who hath caused man to commit murder from the beginning; who hath hardened the hearts of men that they have murdered the prophets, and stoned them, and cast them out from the beginning.9
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1. https://dejavu-times.blogspot.com/search/label/Mix-up ; https://dejavu-timestwo.blogspot.com/search/label/Mix-up ; https://dejavu-times.blogspot.com/2015/12/the-babylon-con.html
2. Not Nature as it was created, but nature in its fallen state. See: https://dejavu-times.blogspot.com/2019/03/natural-or-unnatural_16.html  ;   https://dejavu-timestwo.blogspot.com/search/label/NaturalMan
3. Bloom, Howard. The Lucifer Principle: A Scientific Expedition into the Forces of History. Grove Atlantic. Kindle Edition.
4. https://dejavu-times.blogspot.com/2019/03/classic-capitalism-for-romantics.html
5https://dejavu-timestwo.blogspot.com/2019/06/the-spirit-of-power.html
6. How and Why Big Oil Conquered the World (2 parts) by James Corbettt at https://www.corbettreport.com/bigoil/
7. Just one example of many: https://dejavu-times.blogspot.com/2017/10/operation-psychopath.html
8. George Webb: Can we trust him? You decide after listening to his ABCs, keeping in mind that corruption, conspiracy, secret combinations, and power plays are the déjà vus of history; and also considering:
Book of Mormon | Helaman 6:21–33 ~ But behold, Satan did stir up the hearts of the more part of the Nephites, insomuch that they did unite with those bands of robbers, and did enter into their covenants and their oaths, that they would protect and preserve one another in whatsoever difficult circumstances they should be placed, that they should not suffer for their murders, and their plunderings, and their stealings. And it came to pass that they did have their signs, yea, their secret signs, and their secret words; and this that they might distinguish a brother who had entered into the covenant, that whatsoever wickedness his brother should do he should not be injured by his brother, nor by those who did belong to his band, who had taken this covenant. And thus they might murder, and plunder, and steal, and commit whoredoms and all manner of wickedness, contrary to the laws of their country and also the laws of their God. And whosoever of those who belonged to their band should reveal unto the world of their wickedness and their abominations, should be tried, not according to the laws of their country, but according to the laws of their wickedness, which had been given by Gadianton and Kishkumen. Now behold, it is these secret oaths and covenants which Alma commanded his son should not go forth unto the world, lest they should be a means of bringing down the people unto destruction. Now behold, those secret oaths and covenants did not come forth unto Gadianton from the records which were delivered unto Helaman; but behold, they were put into the heart of Gadianton by that same being who did entice our first parents to partake of the forbidden fruit— Yea, that same being who did plot with Cain, that if he would murder his brother Abel it should not be known unto the world. And he did plot with Cain and his followers from that time forth. And also it is that same being who put it into the hearts of the people to build a tower sufficiently high that they might get to heaven. And it was that same being who led on the people who came from that tower into this land; who spread the works of darkness and abominations over all the face of the land, until he dragged the people down to an entire destruction, and to an everlasting hell. Yea, it is that same being who put it into the heart of Gadianton to still carry on the work of darkness, and of secret murder; and he has brought it forth from the beginning of man even down to this time. And behold, it is he who is the author of all sin. And behold, he doth carry on his works of darkness and secret murder, and doth hand down their plots, and their oaths, and their covenants, and their plans of awful wickedness, from generation to generation according as he can get hold upon the hearts of the children of men. And now behold, he had got great hold upon the hearts of the Nephites; yea, insomuch that they had become exceedingly wicked; yea, the more part of them had turned out of the way of righteousness, and did trample under their feet the commandments of God, and did turn unto their own ways, and did build up unto themselves idols of their gold and their silver. And it came to pass that all these iniquities did come unto them in the space of not many years, insomuch that a more part of it had come unto them in the sixty and seventh year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi. And they did grow in their iniquities.
Book of Mormon | Helaman 7:4–6 ~ And seeing the people in a state of such awful wickedness, and those Gadianton robbers filling the judgment–seats—having usurped the power and authority of the land; laying aside the commandments of God, and not in the least aright before him; doing no justice unto the children of men; Condemning the righteous because of their righteousness; letting the guilty and the wicked go unpunished because of their money; and moreover to be held in office at the head of government, to rule and do according to their wills, that they might get gain and glory of the world, and, moreover, that they might the more easily commit adultery, and steal, and kill, and do according to their own wills— Now this great iniquity had come upon the Nephites, in the space of not many years; and when Nephi saw it, his heart was swollen with sorrow within his breast; and he did exclaim in the agony of his soul:
9. Book of Mormon | Ether 8:23–25 (Bold emphasis added.)

Thursday, September 19, 2019

The Way of the Shortcut?


Shortcuts can prove useful at times, but how often do they prove the way of compromise and deception? Here is, perhaps, the first recorded attempt at a shortcut to power:
[B]ehold, the devil was before Adam, for he rebelled against me [God], saying, Give me thine honor,[1] which is my power;2

For thou [O Lucifer] hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.3
Sometime thereafter, we encounter Cain taking a shortcut to power and gain:
And Cain said: Truly I am Mahan, the master of this great secret, that I may murder and get gain. Wherefore Cain was called Master Mahan, and he gloried in his wickedness.4
Do we ever ask ourselves where we are? on the path5? on a shortcut? or somewhere in-between? Here are some questions for reflection about shortcuts:
▪ Do headlines and history not witness that shortcuts are the preoccupation of the “natural man” when pursuing power, wealth, fame, knowledge, health, fitness, enlightenment, success, etc. etc.?
▪ Does taking psychedelic drugs give “access to higher spiritual dimensions”?6 or is it just déjà vu Eden where we are persuaded that the mere consuming of some physical substance will make us “more like unto the Gods” without developing the attributes of Gods?
▪ What of taking steroids, and the like for athletic enhancements and performance?
▪ What of medicating instead of adjusting diet and lifestyle?
▪ What of controlling relationships with mood in place of authentic, charitable communication?
▪ What of reading only the CliffsNotes?
▪ Have we ever been (or ever) defrauded, conned, or plagiarized for gain?
▪ How informed can we be about any issue if we do not study and prove all things7?
▪ How often does the preference for shortcuts generate evil ends as people compromise or sell their souls for quick rewards?
▪ What are the preferred shortcuts in our personal lives?
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1. Honor (noun)
1a: good name or public esteem : REPUTATION
  b: a showing of usually merited respect: RECOGNITION
2. PRIVILEGE
3: a person of superior standing —now used especially as a title for a holder of high office
4: one whose worth brings respect or fame: CREDIT
...
6: an evidence or symbol of distinction: such as
   a: an exalted title or rank
   ...
   d: archaic : a gesture of deference : BOW
   e: honors plural
...
8a: a keen sense of ethical conduct: INTEGRITY
  b: one's word given as a guarantee of performance
...
(Source: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/honor )
2. Doctrine and Covenants | Section 29:36
3. Old Testament | Isaiah 14:13–14
4. Pearl of Great Price | Moses 5:31
5. New Testament | Matthew 7:13–14 ~ Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
6. Michael Pollan on the therapeutic use of psychedelic drugs (Encore Sept. 25, 2018)
https://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas/author-michael-pollan-on-the-therapeutic-use-of-psychedelic-drugs-1.4836745
7. New Testament | 1 Thessalonians 5:21 ~ Prove all things; hold fast that which is good  [—instead of rigidly holding to dogmas, wishes, expectations, personalities, biases, prejudices, "hard priors" as in: "If you have a strongly held belief with an emotional component, the brain defends information that reinforces those ‘priors’ and is skeptical of information that challenges them. … People who hold these hard priors filter information to support their perceptions." (From the work of political scientist Hank Jenkins-Smith of the University of Oklahoma as quoted, in Newsweek, October 13, 2010, pp. 29-30 by science writer Sharon Begley about voter tendencies—observations that seem applicable to almost everything that requires choice or discernment), ETC. We all do it, but awareness may sometimes help circumvent it.]

Monday, September 9, 2019

Stand[?] in the Holy Place

(All bold emphasis added in scriptures below.)

Where e'er thou art
Have you ever wondered what the Lord meant when He added “whoso readeth, let him understand” to the counsel “stand in the holy place”1? What are we to understand:
▪  when the Psalmist invites: “O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker2?
▪  when Moses was told to remove his shoes3 (and presumably to kneel or bow down) in the presence of the Holy?
▪  when keeling or bowing down is the typical expression of worship, reverence, submission, wonder, and awe when encountering the Holy4?
Are we to understand that the time will come when we will be commanded to kneel in Holy Places—Holy Places which have been desecrated with idols? when we must not kneel nor bow down, but stand together for truth and right?

Will we experience a demand to bow down to idols like unto the experience of Abram (Abraham)5? like the three daughters of Onitah6? like Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego7? like the persecutions during the reign of Antiochus IV Epiphanes8? like the prophesied last days9?

Is that what we must understand about standing in holy places? to not bow down10?

Is that why God says:
But my disciples shall stand in holy places, and shall not be moved.11

Wherefore, stand ye in holy places, and be not moved, until the day of the Lord come; for behold, it cometh quickly, saith the Lord. Amen.12

Behold, it is my will, that all they who call on my name, and worship me according to mine everlasting gospel, should gather together, and stand in holy places; And prepare for the revelation which is to come, when the veil of the covering of my temple, in my tabernacle, which hideth the earth, shall be taken off, and all flesh shall see me together.13

Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.14

Behold, the great day of the Lord is at hand; and who can abide the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appeareth?15
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1. New Testament | Matthew 24:15 ~ When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Also: Pearl of Great Price | JS-Matthew 1:12 ~ When you, therefore, shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, concerning the destruction of Jerusalem, then you shall stand in the holy place; whoso readeth let him understand.
(YES, there may be other interpretations than what I offer above.)
2. Old Testament | Psalms 95:6
3. Old Testament | Exodus 3:5 ~ And he [the LORD] said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.
4. Book of Mormon | 2 Nephi 25:29 ~ And now behold, I say unto you that the right way is to believe in Christ, and deny him not; and Christ is the Holy One of Israel; wherefore ye must bow down before him, and worship him with all your might, mind, and strength, and your whole soul; and if ye do this ye shall in nowise be cast out.
Book of Mormon | Alma 22:16–17 ~ But Aaron said unto him: If thou desirest this thing, if thou wilt bow down before God, yea, if thou wilt repent of all thy sins, and will bow down before God, and call on his name in faith, believing that ye shall receive, then shalt thou receive the hope which thou desirest. And it came to pass that when Aaron had said these words, the king did bow down before the Lord, upon his knees; yea, even he did prostrate himself upon the earth, and cried mightily,
Book of Mormon | 3 Nephi 17:10 ~ And they did all, both they who had been healed and they who were whole, bow down at his [Jesus'] feet, and did worship him; and as many as could come for the multitude did kiss his feet, insomuch that they did bathe his feet with their tears.
Book of Mormon | 3 Nephi 17:13–15 ~ And it came to pass that when they had all been brought, and Jesus stood in the midst, he commanded the multitude that they should kneel down upon the ground. And it came to pass that when they had knelt upon the ground, Jesus groaned within himself, and said: Father, I am troubled because of the wickedness of the people of the house of Israel. And when he had said these words, he himself also knelt upon the earth; and behold he prayed unto the Father, and the things which he prayed cannot be written, and the multitude did bear record who heard him.
Book of Mormon | 3 Nephi 19:6-7 ~ And the twelve did teach the multitude; and behold, they did cause that the multitude should kneel down upon the face of the earth, and should pray unto the Father in the name of Jesus. And the disciples did pray unto the Father also in the name of Jesus. And it came to pass that they arose and ministered unto the people.
Book of Mormon | 3 Nephi 19:15–19 ~ And it came to pass that while the angels were ministering unto the disciples, behold, Jesus came and stood in the midst and ministered unto them. And it came to pass that he spake unto the multitude, and commanded them that they should kneel down again upon the earth, and also that his disciples should kneel down upon the earth. And it came to pass that when they had all knelt down upon the earth, he commanded his disciples that they should pray. And behold, they began to pray; and they did pray unto Jesus, calling him their Lord and their God. And it came to pass that Jesus departed out of the midst of them, and went a little way off from them and bowed himself to the earth,
Book of Mormon | Moroni 4:1-2 ~ THE manner of their elders and priests administering the flesh and blood of Christ unto the church; and they administered it according to the commandments of Christ; wherefore we know the manner to be true; and the elder or priest did minister it—And they did kneel down with the church, and pray to the Father in the name of Christ,
Doctrine and Covenants | Section 18:40 ~ And you shall fall down and worship the Father in my name.
Doctrine and Covenants | Section 20:75-76 ~ It is expedient that the church meet together often to partake of bread and wine in the remembrance of the Lord Jesus; And the elder or priest shall administer it; and after this manner shall he administer it—he shall kneel with the church and call upon the Father in solemn prayer,
5. Pearl of Great Price | Abraham 1:4-15.
6. Pearl of Great Price | Abraham 1:11 ~ Now, this priest had offered upon this altar three virgins at one time, who were the daughters of Onitah, one of the royal descent directly from the loins of Ham. These virgins were offered up because of their virtue; they would not bow down to worship gods of wood or of stone, therefore they were killed upon this altar, and it was done after the manner of the Egyptians.
7. Old Testament | Daniel 3:14–18 ~ Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up? Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; well: but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands? Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.
8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antiochus_IV_Epiphanes
9New Testament | Revelation 13:13-15 ~ And he [another beast] doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
10. Old Testament | Exodus 20:4-5 ~ Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
Old Testament | Exodus 23:24 ~ Thou shalt not bow down to their gods, nor serve them, nor do after their works: but thou shalt utterly overthrow them, and quite break down their images. (see also Lev. 26:1; Deut. 5:9; Book of Mormon | Mosiah 13:13)
11. Doctrine and Covenants | Section 45:32
12. Doctrine and Covenants | Section 87:8
13. Doctrine and Covenants | Section 101:22–23
14. Old Testament | Psalms 24:3–4
15. Doctrine and Covenants | Section 128:24

Monday, August 19, 2019

“Not Everyone is Learning from the Past”?


It is doubtful most readers of this will be familiar with Madonna's 2019 Eurovision performance of “Future.”1 We may think Madonna has no relevance to our life, let alone our future, but what if she reveals in word and image what is planned in coming days for US2? What if she graphically presents (in subtle? but plain sight) what the “powers” (her masters?) imagine in their hearts—if seeing we would but see? if hearing we could but hear? What if her final whispered WAKE UP is a (supposed) karmic shift of responsibility3?

Here are three lines from her song:
Not everyone is coming to the future
Not everyone is learning from the past
...
Not everyone that's here is gonna last4
Here are the images:


Madonna, Quavo - Eurovision ... 2019 (Time 9:37) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VG3WkiL0d_U

When her words are juxtaposed with the images, can we see and hear the message?

Furthermore, can we be open to considering the enhanced perspective of an artist named Jonathan Kleck5? JK may be unconventional; he may not fit our expectations or some latter-day “norm,” but can we listen long enough to appreciate his 17-year long journey to comprehend and reveal the oft-veiled obsessions, and agendas of this world? the plots and ploys of power, enslavement, and destruction? Do we have to agree with everything JK thinks or says or can we exercise enough discernment to extract the truths that reveal what is, was, and is to come? to remember?
We believe in all truth, no matter to what subject it may refer. No sect or religious denomination in the world possesses a single principle of truth that we do not accept or that we will reject. We are willing to receive all truth, from whatever source it may come; for truth will stand, truth will endure.6
Thus, can we learn something from JK's perspective of Madonna's performance?
Banned Worldwide!!Why?? Because they telegraphed their Plans to KILL US (Time 3:09:39) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5baZWEplzAE
Yes, it is lengthy and sometimes repetitive but is there not much to open our eyes? to help us WAKE UP?

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1. Madonna, Quavo - Eurovision ... 2019 (Time 9:37) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VG3WkiL0d_U
NOTE: rather than scorn these “stars,” should we not pity and pray* for them? Despite their fame and fortune, one has only to listen to candid interviews with them to sometimes glimpse the suffering, confusion, and malaise that servitude to evil agendas entails upon them. It often leaks out their eyes; trembles on their lips. How many stars began their upward/downward journey never imagining the  cost till they seemed bound without hope to an infinity of servitude? Let us:
*New Testament | 2 Timothy 2:24–26 ~ ... be gentle unto all men [women, and children], apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will. (Bold emphasis added.)
2. Notice the broken Statue of “Liberty,” the fleeting U.S. mainland, the rubble, the fire, etc. in the destruction sequence.
3. Karmic shift or dump: where those who perpetrate evil believe responsibility and consequence transfer to those who seeing, see not or hearing, hear not. “We told them. We showed them. They took no heed.” [Karma: “... Good intent and good deeds contribute to good karma and future happiness, while bad intent and bad deeds contribute to bad karma and future suffering.”] See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karma
4. “Future” Lyrics: http://www.metrolyrics.com/future-lyrics-madonna.html
5. Banned Worldwide!!Why?? Because they telegraphed their Plans to KILL US (Time 3:09:39) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5baZWEplzAE .
6. Joseph F. Smith, Conference Reports, p. 7, April, 1909.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Are We Repeating History Without Memory?*


Pride Cycle
A search for the word “remember” as found in the books canonized by the People of the Books1 occurs 487 times.2 Yet it seems we:
»  remember so little about the rise and fall of past cultures, peoples, nations, and empires;
»  are so oblivious to our recycling amnesia, generation upon generation;
»  are so proud of our nation and its status that we refuse to acknowledge things as they really are? so proud that we let the powers-that-be and their followers (both Right and Left) keep secrets, commit atrocities, and conceal crimes in the name of National Security and under “color of law” when it's all a pretext and fraud to cover agendas of power, gain, and control;
»  have great difficulty (in déjà vu of other times) seeing our place in the pride cycle that has been “the way of the world” since the beginning.
Perhaps it is time to review and remember the lamentations of an ancient American3 prophet and consider where we, as a people and nation, are on the cycle. Here is a summary of his witness from circa 50 B.C.4:
▪ the pride of their hearts
▪ their exceeding riches
▪ their oppression to the poor
▪ withholding their food from the hungry
▪ withholding their clothing from the naked
▪ smiting their humble brethren upon the cheek
▪ making a mock of that which was sacred
▪ denying the spirit of prophecy and of revelation
▪ murdering, plundering, lying, stealing, committing adultery
▪ rising up in great contentions
▪ their boastings in their own strength

▪ a stiffnecked people, insomuch that they could not be governed by the law nor justice

▪ they began to set their hearts upon their riches
▪ they began to seek to get gain that they might be lifted up one above another
▪ they began to commit secret murders, and to rob and to plunder, that they might get gain
▪ those murderers and plunderers were a band who had been formed by Kishkumen and Gadianton
So, is there a latter-day K & G band of murderers and plunderers? AND is there anyone out there trying to expose the “murdering, plundering, lying, stealing, committing adultery” etc., etc.? someone trying to inform and warn us about hidden and secret things? about deceptions, distractions, diversions, agendas of corruption and destruction? Could these two men below be voices worth listening to? These are not pleasant things to hear, but must we hear them (and other witnesses) if we are to understand, confront, expose, and end this endless recycling of history? Have these men with their background, life experiences, and courage been preserved “for such a time as this”?5


Who is William Pelham Barr? Live chat with George Webb 080119 (Time 1:29:10) at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSW7MmBSt78
Are their voices and witness not one more confirmation of this prophetic observation6 from nigh 2,700 years ago concerning the powers-that-be and their followers/supporters?
For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness. None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity. They hatch cockatrice' eggs, and weave the spider's web: he that eateth of their eggs dieth, and that which is crushed breaketh out into a viper. Their webs shall not become garments, neither shall they cover themselves with their works: their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands. Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths. The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace.  ¶ Therefore is judgment far from us, neither doth justice overtake us: we wait for light, but behold obscurity; for brightness, but we walk in darkness.  We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes: we stumble at noonday as in the night; we are in desolate places as dead men.  We roar all like bears, and mourn sore like doves: we look for judgment, but there is none; for salvation, but it is far off from us.  For our transgressions are multiplied before thee, and our sins testify against us: for our transgressions are with us; and as for our iniquities, we know them;  In transgressing and lying against the LORD, and departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood.  And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.  Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey: and the LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment.
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* “history repeating endlessly, with no memory”: from Hecht, Jennifer. Doubt: A History (Kindle Location 1920). HarperOne. Kindle Edition.
1. People of the Books: Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, aka LDS, aka Mormon with the books being: Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine & Covenants, Pearl of Great Price.
2. A few examples from the Books (bold emphasis added):
Old Testament | Deuteronomy 5:15 ~ And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and that the LORD thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm: therefore the LORD thy God commanded thee to keep the sabbath day.
Old Testament | Deuteronomy 9:7 ~ Remember, and forget not, how thou provokedst the LORD thy God to wrath in the wilderness: from the day that thou didst depart out of the land of Egypt, until ye came unto this place, ye have been rebellious against the LORD.
Old Testament | Deuteronomy 32:7 ~ Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations: ask thy father, and he will shew thee; thy elders, and they will tell thee.
Old Testament | Malachi 4:4 ~ Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.
New Testament | Mark 8:17–21 ~ And when Jesus knew it, he saith unto them, Why reason ye, because ye have no bread? perceive ye not yet, neither understand? have ye your heart yet hardened? Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember? When I brake the five loaves among five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? They say unto him, Twelve. And when the seven among four thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? And they said, Seven. And he said unto them, How is it that ye do not understand?
New Testament | Luke 17:32 ~ Remember Lot's wife.
New Testament | Luke 24:6 ~ He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,
New Testament | John 15:20 ~ Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you;
New Testament | Acts 20:35 ~ I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
New Testament | 2 Timothy 2:8 ~ Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel:
New Testament | Hebrews 13:3 ~ Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.
New Testament | Revelation 2:5 ~ Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.
Book of Mormon | 1 Nephi 10:20 ~ Therefore remember, O man, for all thy doings thou shalt be brought into judgment.
Book of Mormon | 1 Nephi 15:25 ~ Wherefore, I, Nephi, did exhort them to give heed unto the word of the Lord; yea, I did exhort them with all the energies of my soul, and with all the faculty which I possessed, that they would give heed to the word of God and remember to keep his commandments always in all things.
Book of Mormon | 2 Nephi 9:39-41 ~ O, my beloved brethren, remember the awfulness in transgressing against that Holy God, and also the awfulness of yielding to the enticings of that cunning one. Remember, to be carnally–minded is death, and to be spiritually–minded is life eternal. O, my beloved brethren, give ear to my words. Remember the greatness of the Holy One of Israel. Do not say that I have spoken hard things against you; for if ye do, ye will revile against the truth; for I have spoken the words of your Maker. I know that the words of truth are hard against all uncleanness; but the righteous fear them not, for they love the truth and are not shaken. O then, my beloved brethren, come unto the Lord, the Holy One. Remember that his paths are righteous. Behold, the way for man is narrow, but it lieth in a straight course before him, and the keeper of the gate is the Holy One of Israel; and he employeth no servant there; and there is none other way save it be by the gate; for he cannot be deceived, for the Lord God is his name.
Book of Mormon | 2 Nephi 10:23–24 ~ Therefore, cheer up your hearts, and remember that ye are free to act for yourselves—to choose the way of everlasting death or the way of eternal life. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, reconcile yourselves to the will of God, and not to the will of the devil and the flesh; and remember, after ye are reconciled unto God, that it is only in and through the grace of God that ye are saved.
Book of Mormon | Mosiah 1:6-7 ~ O my sons, I would that ye should remember that these sayings are true, and also that these records are true. And behold, also the plates of Nephi, which contain the records and the sayings of our fathers from the time they left Jerusalem until now, and they are true; and we can know of their surety because we have them before our eyes. And now, my sons, I would that ye should remember to search them diligently, that ye may profit thereby; and I would that ye should keep the commandments of God, that ye may prosper in the land according to the promises which the Lord made unto our fathers.
Book of Mormon | Mosiah 16:13 ~ And now, ought ye not to tremble and repent of your sins, and remember that only in and through Christ ye can be saved?
Book of Mormon | Helaman 5:6-12 ~ Behold, my sons, I desire that ye should remember to keep the commandments of God; and I would that ye should declare unto the people these words. Behold, I have given unto you the names of our first parents who came out of the land of Jerusalem; and this I have done that when you remember your names ye may remember them; and when ye remember them ye may remember their works; and when ye remember their works ye may know how that it is said, and also written, that they were good. Therefore, my sons, I would that ye should do that which is good, that it may be said of you, and also written, even as it has been said and written of them. And now my sons, behold I have somewhat more to desire of you, which desire is, that ye may not do these things that ye may boast, but that ye may do these things to lay up for yourselves a treasure in heaven, yea, which is eternal, and which fadeth not away; yea, that ye may have that precious gift of eternal life, which we have reason to suppose hath been given to our fathers. O remember, remember, my sons, the words which king Benjamin spake unto his people; yea, remember that there is no other way nor means whereby man can be saved, only through the atoning blood of Jesus Christ, who shall come; yea, remember that he cometh to redeem the world. And remember also the words which Amulek spake unto Zeezrom, in the city of Ammonihah; for he said unto him that the Lord surely should come to redeem his people, but that he should not come to redeem them in their sins, but to redeem them from their sins. And he hath power given unto him from the Father to redeem them from their sins because of repentance; therefore he hath sent his angels to declare the tidings of the conditions of repentance, which bringeth unto the power of the Redeemer, unto the salvation of their souls. And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.
Book of Mormon | Helaman 14:30-31 ~ And now remember, remember, my brethren, that whosoever perisheth, perisheth unto himself; and whosoever doeth iniquity, doeth it unto himself; for behold, ye are free; ye are permitted to act for yourselves; for behold, God hath given unto you a knowledge and he hath made you free. He hath given unto you that ye might know good from evil, and he hath given unto you that ye might choose life or death; and ye can do good and be restored unto that which is good, or have that which is good restored unto you; or ye can do evil, and have that which is evil restored unto you.
Book of Mormon | Moroni 10:18–19 ~ And I would exhort you, my beloved brethren, that ye remember that every good gift cometh of Christ. And I would exhort you, my beloved brethren, that ye remember that he is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and that all these gifts of which I have spoken, which are spiritual, never will be done away, even as long as the world shall stand, only according to the unbelief of the children of men.
Doctrine and Covenants | Section 3:3 ~ Remember, remember that it is not the work of God that is frustrated, but the work of men;
Doctrine and Covenants | Section 4:6 ~ Remember faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, brotherly kindness, godliness, charity, humility, diligence.
Doctrine and Covenants | Section 8:10 ~ Remember that without faith you can do nothing; therefore ask in faith. Trifle not with these things; do not ask for that which you ought not.
Doctrine and Covenants | Section 18:10 ~ Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God;
Doctrine and Covenants | Section 42:30 ~ And behold, thou wilt remember the poor, and consecrate of thy properties for their support that which thou hast to impart unto them, with a covenant and a deed which cannot be broken.
Doctrine and Covenants | Section 52:40 ~ And remember in all things the poor and the needy, the sick and the afflicted, for he that doeth not these things, the same is not my disciple.
Doctrine and Covenants | Section 89:18–20 ~ And all saints who remember to keep and do these sayings, walking in obedience to the commandments, shall receive health in their navel and marrow to their bones; And shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures; And shall run and not be weary, and shall walk and not faint.
As to: Old Testament | Isaiah 43:18-19 ~ Remember ye not the former things[?], neither consider the things of old[?] Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. [Perhaps we are missing the “?” marks, for Isaiah subsequently says:] Old Testament | Isaiah 46:8–9 ~ Remember this, and shew yourselves men: bring it again to mind, O ye transgressors. Remember the former things of old:
>>Many remember examples are pleadings for the Lord to remember His mercy, His lovingkindness, His covenants when dealing with His oppressed or wayward people.
3. (somewhere in the North or South)
4. Book of Mormon | Helaman 4:12–13; 5:3; 6:17-18
5. See parallels for each of us in this post: https://www.proverbs31.org/read/devotions/full-post/2019/01/14/for-such-a-time-as-this
6. Old Testament | Isaiah 59:3-15 ~

Monday, July 29, 2019

Is it not blatantly obvious?


that anyone who pursues power cannot be trusted with power?

History and current events are littered with the déjà vus of men and women from high station to low who abused the power they were given or that they took upon themselves—abuses perpetually manifest from within the microcosms of family and local institutions to the macrocosms of nations, empires, and global organizations.

The proofs are everywhere, but somehow most of us keep pretending—hoping—that we can safely trust in the arm of flesh despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, and despite all God's laments1 (not to mention the laments of His prophets2) about the nature of mankind. The Savior Himself warned:
Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues;3
Why do we persist in thinking—imagining—that those who pursue power, wealth, or fame can be trusted in any degree? We seem to have so many things inverted, but C.S. Lewis puts it upright.
I am a [small d] democrat[4because I believe in the Fall of Man. I think most people are [small d] democrats for the opposite reason. A great deal of democratic enthusiasm descends from the ideas of people like Rousseau, who believed in democracy because they thought mankind so wise and good that everyone deserved a share in the government. The danger of defending democracy on those grounds is that they are not true. And whenever their weakness is exposed, the people who prefer tyranny make capital out of the exposure. I find that they’re not true without looking further than myself. I don’t deserve a share in governing a henroost, much less a nation. Nor do most people— all the people who believe advertisements, and think in catchwords and spread rumours. The real reason for democracy is just the reverse. Mankind is so fallen that no man can be trusted with unchecked power over his fellows.5
If we imagine we are personally immune from what “fallen nature” does with power, then we are tragically unprepared for what is coming—our own complicity in the “Lucifer Effect6 that is enveloping the world because we seeing will not see, and hearing will not hear what our fallen nature has done, is doing, and will do when responding to situational or systemic social forces.

And where does paranoid power often flex its muscle in an attempt to puff, prove, and preserve itself?—as always, against the most weak and vulnerable—especially women, teenagers, and children. Weinstein and Epstein are only the merest tip of an immense iceberg that thousands upon thousands (high and low, Right and Left) are desperate to keep hidden in an attempt to retain their power, their wealth, their fame, their “respectability,” their jobs. Yes, many thousands have been duped into criminal behaviors in honey-pot and yacht ops, and subsequently blackmailed for their silence and cooperation in control and power agendas. Thus corrupt power continues to corrupt everything it touches and we continue to pretend that mankind is “so wise and good.”

How long, with all the headlines and witnesses of recent decades, before we finally abandon the delusion that there is “No Such Thing As This”7 in our advanced day and age?

How long will we continue to allow government and court records to be sealed to conceal horrific crimes and frauds under color of National Security? or for the so-called preservation of “intelligence” assets? How long must innocent or duped persons be targeted, maligned, prosecuted, or “suicided” to take the heat off the power-mongers who orchestrate it all?

How long, O God, how long?8

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1. https://dejavu-timestwo.blogspot.com/2014/01/gods-lament.html
2. Old Testament | Psalms 40:4 ~ Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.
Old Testament | Psalms 118:8–9 ~ It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.
Old Testament | Psalms 146:3 ~ Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.
Old Testament | Jeremiah 17:5 ~ Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.
New Testament | Colossians 2:8 ~ Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
Book of Mormon | 2 Nephi 4:34 ~ ... I will not put my trust in the arm of flesh; for I know that cursed is he that putteth his trust in the arm of flesh. Yea, cursed is he that putteth his trust in man or maketh flesh his arm.
Book of Mormon | 2 Nephi 28:31 ~ Cursed is he that putteth his trust in man, or maketh flesh his arm, or shall hearken unto the precepts of men, save their precepts shall be given by the power of the Holy Ghost.
Doctrine and Covenants | Section 1:19 ~ The weak things of the world shall come forth and break down the mighty and strong ones, that man should not counsel his fellow man, neither trust in the arm of flesh—
Book of Mormon | Mosiah 23:13 ~ I desire that ye should stand fast in this liberty wherewith ye have been made free, and that ye trust no man to be a king over you.
Old Testament | 1 Samuel 8:9-18 ~ ...howbeit yet protest solemnly unto them, and shew them the manner of the king that shall reign over them. And Samuel told all the words of the LORD unto the people that asked of him a king. And he said, This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you: He will take your sons, and appoint them for himself, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and some shall run before his chariots. And he will appoint him captains over thousands, and captains over fifties; and will set them to ear his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and instruments of his chariots. And he will take your daughters to be confectionaries, and to be cooks, and to be bakers. And he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your oliveyards, even the best of them, and give them to his servants. And he will take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards, and give to his officers, and to his servants. And he will take your menservants, and your maidservants, and your goodliest young men, and your asses, and put them to his work. He will take the tenth of your sheep: and ye shall be his servants. And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the LORD will not hear you in that day. (Bold emphasis added. See also Book of Mormon | Mosiah 29:13-27 re the manner of kings.)
Or open the scriptures at random to see example after example of the “nature of man”; a good one being Old Testament | Isaiah 59; another Book of Mormon | Helaman 6:16-40.
3. New Testament | Matthew 10:16-17.   (Bold emphasis added.) The subsequent text is even more dire: Matthew 10:18-28 ~ And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles. But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you. And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved. But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come. The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord. It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household? Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops. And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
4. Definition of democrat, noun, dem·​o·​crat | \ de-mə-ˌkrat  \ 1 a: an adherent of democracy (from https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/democrat )
5. Lewis, C. S.. The Business of Heaven: Daily Readings (p. 227). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition as quoted from ‘Equality’, Present Concerns (Bold emphasis added.)
Consider also:
[Death {by the will and timing of God}] is a safety-device because, once Man has fallen, natural immortality would be the one utterly hopeless destiny for him. Aided to the surrender that he must make by no external necessity of Death, free (if you call it freedom) to rivet faster and faster about himself through unending centuries the chains of his own pride and lust and of the nightmare civilisations which these build up in ever-increasing power and complication, he would progress from being merely a fallen man to being a fiend, possibly beyond all modes of redemption. Miracles, ch. 14 from Lewis, C. S.. The Business of Heaven: Daily Readings (pp. 235-236). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition. (Bold emphasis added.)
6. https://dejavu-timestwo.blogspot.com/2019/06/the-spirit-of-power.html
7https://dejavu-timestwo.blogspot.com/2016/09/no-such-thing-as-this.html  (Notice the attempt to conceal information by deleting? censoring? concealing? witness and testimony from YouTube. Searching with keywords may discover the witness posted elsewhere in the web.)
8. My Daily Prayer: https://dejavu-timestwo.blogspot.com/2017/12/my-daily-prayer.html

 
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