Tuesday, July 9, 2019

The History of Our Future?


Do we have any clue as to the subtle, orchestrated design of our present (and future) state of dire affairs?1

Do we think our world has come to this control point through random acts of happenstance?

Do we not remember that:
»  “[Satan] goeth up and down, to and fro in the earth, seeking to destroy the souls of men.”2
»  that he first presented himself with a forked tongue; speaks out of both sides of his mouth; and is subtle and cunning beyond most imagination?
»  that he and his witting supporters thrive in secrecy, compromise, and lies?
»  that unwitting (deceived) supporters may prove even more numerous as abettors than witting ones?
»  that conspiracies and secret combinations have been and are the perpetual life-blood of control agendas?
Can we not see how most “saints” (by all appearances) have readily accepted the technologies of a “Brave New World” of unconcerned pacified surveillance and unquestioning compliance? that those who aren't pacified and compliant are already descending into an Orwellian world of censorship and control? Again, another manifestation of Satan's two-pronged, double agenda: to get every soul—both those who are coming (and getting along with the Babylonian system) and those who are going (against).

If one is not aware of the history of our tech giants (and how they came into being and are being used), here is another chance to get informed—a chance to preview our future by understanding the agendas of the recent past. This revealing history by James Corbett exposes the present and future:


The Secrets of Silicon Valley: What Big Tech Doesn't Want You to Know (Time 43:39) at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbKxUYl3WSE&feature=youtu.be

or other viewing / listening options at
https://www.corbettreport.com/siliconvalley/
So which are we each going to prove: an abettor or a combator? Will we experience the Huxlian3 or the Orwellian4 version of the future before the wind-up? and will our chosen version make a personal difference in the eternal future?

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1. Follow any number of credible alternative news reporters (many referenced in past Déjà Vu Times II posts) because the big MSM are all bought and paid for by the deceivers (to put it bluntly). All MSM operate on the “Amusing Ourselves to Death” principle so well described by Neil Postman in his book of that name. Amusing Ourselves to Death is a book of truth and warning.
Also, consider: Book of Mormon | Ether 8:25 ~ “whoso bu ildeth up [this secret combination to get power and gain] 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 ...
2. Doctrine and Covenants | Section 10:27
3. Aldous Huxley: Brave New World, see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brave_New_World
4. Orwellian: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orwellian

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The Spirit of Power?

(Does it manifest as: The Lucifer Effect?)

The déjà vus of history establish that those who obsessively pursue and protect wealth often descend into sociopathic behaviors and justifications.1 Jesus' observation was of a nigh 100% failure rate2 for the rich to enter heaven. Nonetheless, in our world, the wealthy are often held up as paragons and treated as if their wealth entitled them to increased endowments of power as well—which brings us to the test of power and to the question: Do the powerful and those who pursue and protect power3 in this world have any better chance for heaven? Perhaps this scripture provides the answer:
We have learned by sad experience that it is the nature and disposition of almost all men, as soon as they get a little authority, as they suppose, they will immediately begin to exercise unrighteous dominion.4
The disturbing truth of this was demonstrated in a 1971 University study named the Standford Prison Experiment (SPE).5 The proposed 2-week experiment had to be terminated after 6 days because of the escalating abuse of mock prisoners by mock guards. The simulations became too real as a spirit of power seemed to overtake most of the “guards.”

The study design and aftermath are detailed in Philip Zimbardo's book: The Lucifer Effect. A search of “Standford Prison Experiment” shows how relevant and current its findings still are. Indeed, we consistently read about or witness this “Lucifer Effect” in: customs and immigration officials, police and military, politics and government, corporations, families, clergy, even ourselves. Since the examples of abuse of power are endless, WHY do we never seem to teach, warn, or raise consciousness about this “spirit of power”?

Zimbardo observes:
... The enduring interest in the SPE over many decades comes, I think, from the experiment’s startling revelation of “transformation of character”— of good people suddenly becoming perpetrators of evil as guards or pathologically passive victims as prisoners in response to situational forces acting on them.
...
We want to believe in the essential, unchanging goodness of people, in their power to resist external pressures, in their rational appraisal and then rejection of situational temptations. We invest human nature with God-like qualities, with moral and rational faculties that make us both just and wise. We simplify the complexity of human experience by erecting a seemingly impermeable boundary between Good and Evil. ... [B]y creating this myth of our invulnerability to situational forces, we set ourselves up for a fall by not being sufficiently vigilant to situational forces.

The SPE, along with much other social science research (presented in chapters 12 and 13), reveals a message we do not want to accept: that most of us can undergo significant character transformations when we are caught up in the crucible of social forces. What we imagine we would do when we are outside that crucible may bear little resemblance to who we become and what we are capable of doing once we are inside its network. The SPE is a clarion call to abandon simplistic notions of the Good Self dominating Bad Situations. We are best able to avoid, prevent, challenge, and change such negative situational forces only by recognizing their potential power to “infect us,” as it has others who were similarly situated. It is well for us to internalize the significance of the recognition by the ancient Roman comedy writer Terence that “Nothing by humans is alien to me.”
...
Any deed that any human being has ever committed, however horrible, is possible for any of us— under the right or wrong situational circumstances. That knowledge does not excuse evil; rather, it democratizes it, sharing its blame among ordinary actors rather than declaring it the province only of deviants and despots— of Them but not Us.

The primary simple lesson the Stanford Prison Experiment teaches is that situations matter. Social situations can have more profound effects on the behavior and mental functioning of individuals, groups, and national leaders than we might believe possible. Some situations can exert such powerful influence over us that we can be led to behave in ways we would not, could not, predict was possible in advance.6
So how do we overcome this “spirit of power” in situations, systems, and ourselves? How do we control this “nature and disposition of almost all men ... to exercise unrighteous dominion”? What if it is only harnessed by the power of the Spirit7? by seeking redemption and grace from an omniscient, loving, forgiving, holy omnipotent God8?

Would it make a difference if we openly acknowledged the “Lucifer Effect”? if we freely confessed how this spirit of power9 seems to overwhelm almost all men, including ourselves?

If we consistently raised consciousness about these two great tests and how many of us are failing them, would we be less inclined to elevate, embrace, or envy the world's love affair with power and wealth?

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1. https://dejavu-times.blogspot.com/2016/04/spellbinding.html ; https://dejavu-times.blogspot.com/2015/10/capital-punishment.html
2. New Testament | Matthew 19:23–24 ~ Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
New Testament | Mark 10:23–25 ~ And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
New Testament | 1 Timothy 6:5 ~ Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
Book of Mormon | 1 Nephi 22:23 ~ For the time speedily shall come that all churches which are built up to get gain, and all those who are built up to get power over the flesh, and those who are built up to become popular in the eyes of the world, and those who seek the lusts of the flesh and the things of the world, and to do all manner of iniquity; yea, in fine, all those who belong to the kingdom of the devil are they who need fear, and tremble, and quake; they are those who must be brought low in the dust; they are those who must be consumed as stubble; and this is according to the words of the prophet.
Book of Mormon | 2 Nephi 26:20 ~ And the Gentiles are lifted up in the pride of their eyes, and have stumbled, because of the greatness of their stumbling block, that they have built up many churches; nevertheless, they put down the power and miracles of God, and preach up unto themselves their own wisdom and their own learning, that they may get gain and grind upon the face of the poor.
3. Book of Mormon | Alma 43:8 ~ For behold, his [Zerahemnah's] designs were to stir up the Lamanites to anger against the Nephites; this he did that he might usurp great power over them, and also that he might gain power over the Nephites by bringing them into bondage.
Book of Mormon | Helaman 1:16 ~ Therefore, the king of the Lamanites, whose name was Tubaloth, who was the son of Ammoron, supposing that Coriantumr, being a mighty man, could stand against the Nephites, with his strength and also with his great wisdom, insomuch that by sending him forth he should gain power over the Nephites—
Book of Mormon | Helaman 2:8 ~ And when the servant of Helaman had known all the heart of Kishkumen, and how that it was his object to murder, and also that it was the object of all those who belonged to his band to murder, and to rob, and to gain power, (and this was their secret plan, and their combination) the servant of Helaman said unto Kishkumen: Let us go forth unto the judgment–seat.
Book of Mormon | Ether 8:15–16 ~ And it came to pass that thus they did agree with Akish. And Akish did administer unto them the oaths which were given by them of old who also sought power, which had been handed down even from Cain, who was a murderer from the beginning. And they were kept up by the power of the devil to administer these oaths unto the people, to keep them in darkness, to help such as sought power to gain power, and to murder, and to plunder, and to lie, and to commit all manner of wickedness and whoredoms.
Book of Mormon | Ether 8:22–24 ~ And whatsoever nation shall uphold such secret combinations, to get power and gain, until they shall spread over the nation, behold, they shall be destroyed; for the Lord will not suffer that the blood of his saints, which shall be shed by them, shall always cry unto him from the ground for vengeance upon them and yet he avenge them not. 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 [“murderous combinations ... built up to get power and gain”] 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.
Book of Mormon | Ether 9:11 ~ Now the people of Akish were desirous for gain, even as Akish was desirous for power; wherefore, the sons of Akish did offer them money, by which means they drew away the more part of the people after them.
Book of Mormon | Ether 11:15 ~ And it came to pass that there arose a rebellion among the people, because of that secret combination which was built up to get power and gain;
4. Doctrine and Covenants | Section 121:39
5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanford_prison_experimenthttps://www.prisonexp.org/the-story
6. Zimbardo, Philip. The Lucifer Effect (pp. 210-212). Random House Publishing Group. Kindle Edition. (Bold emphasis added.)
See also: “... people can do terrible things when they allow the role they play to have rigid boundaries that circumscribe what is appropriate, expected, and reinforced in a given setting. Such rigidity in the role shuts off the traditional morality and values that govern their lives when they are in “normal mode.” The ego-defense mechanism of compartmentalization allows us to mentally bind conflicting aspects of our beliefs and experiences into separate chambers that prevent interpretation or cross talk. A good husband can then be a guiltless adulterer; a saintly priest can then be a lifelong pederast; a kindly farmer can then be a heartless slave master. We need to appreciate the power that role-playing can have in shaping our perspectives, for better as well as for worse, ...”
Zimbardo, Philip. The Lucifer Effect (p. 214). Random House Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
7. Search out the many references to “power of the spirit.” Here are just a few:
Old Testament | Micah 3:8 ~ But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the LORD, and of judgment, and of might, to declare unto Jacob his transgression, and to Israel his sin.
New Testament | Luke 4:14 ~ And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about.
New Testament | Romans 1:4 ~ And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:
New Testament | Romans 15:1819 ~ For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed, Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.
New Testament | 2 Timothy 1:7 ~ For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
8. New Testament | Romans 8:26 ~ Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
New Testament | 2 Corinthians 12:9 ~ And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
David F. Wells: "What we see in Isaiah is not power in God which is bare and abstract but power which is holy, compassionate, and pastoral. It is God who “will feed his flock like a shepherd” (Is. 40:11). He takes the most vulnerable, the “lambs,” in his arms and places them near his heart. ... In this juxtaposition of divine grace and human vulnerability a principle emerges about how God works. The proud, Mary said much later in the Magnificat, are scattered “in the imaginations of their hearts,” the rich are “sent empty away” (Lk. 1:51, 53), but it is the “low” who are exalted. That is the principle. Indeed, we find it illustrated in ways both rich and numerous in the New Testament. And it is not simply that a condition for receiving the grace of God is the ability to recognize and confess our own bankruptcy."  Wells, David F.. Above All Earthly Pow'rs: Christ in a Postmodern World (p. 258). Eerdmans Publishing Co - A. Kindle Edition.
9. Doctrine and Covenants | Section 50:2 ~ Behold, verily I say unto you, that there are many spirits which are false spirits, which have gone forth in the earth, deceiving the world.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Open Letter to a Loved One


(who, in her 40th year of life—now married 18 years and without a longed-for child—published a brief account of the physical and sexual abuse she suffered in childhood and beyond.)

Reborn From The Ashes (136679141)
Reborn from the Ashes by Benjamín Calatrava
(See attribution info below* from Wikimedia Commons) 
First, let me say how sorry I am that you have suffered so much; that you are one of the ACE1 children whose life have been so disrupted and damaged; that what you feel and think has been so impacted forever. I have suspected in recent years that you, and perhaps others of your siblings, had suffered because of your difficult family circumstances (and because of what I have learned in recent years about the prevalence of abuse), but at the time of your youth and with your family living so far away, we never suspected anything. Such abuse was not on the radar of most common folk, even 20 years ago.

I am glad you finally wrote of it with such passion and commitment to self-determination and self-preservation. You reveal in your words what the ACE studies reveal about ACE consequences. I understand, in part, how ACE colors the whole life thereafter, and why you passionately assert “the [absolute] right for women to choose what happens to THEIR individual bodies”; that it is “MY BODY to keep or release a pregnancy as I see fit.”2

Thus, I know you are not ready to hear this now, and maybe never, but I write this here, hoping that at some future date you (or some other) may be able to appreciate the irony in what you (or they may) now believe and so passionately insist: “I can NEVER budge on—”

Can you appreciate the irony? how YOUR very own words might echo the cry of a spirit-being as its mortal mother contemplates abortion?
“It is *MY* ,,, BODY.”
“My beautiful, amazing, miraculous, powerful, [long-awaited], and [soon-to-be-] liberated body.”
“MY BODY to own.”
“MY BODY to make choices for.”

“My body is not YOUR temple.”
“My body is not YOUR toy.”
“MY BODY IS MINE.”
OR, even as passionately, might this voice also cry:
»  I am NOT a static blueprint. I am on internal life-support for brief months in your body—as real, as vital as you, with your external life-support from mother earth.
»  MY body—MY DNA—is unique, unlike any other ever conceived. It can and will NEVER be duplicated.
»  Can you truthfully judge the value of MY physical/spiritual stages of growth?
»  Do you have the right to measure when MY life begins or when it ends when your agency3 resulted in MY conception—when you willfully engaged in an act that you knew had risk of ME?
»  If you do not want ME—if you are not prepared to receive ME, there are others who will thank you forever for preserving ME.
»  If you are angry with God, nature, circumstance, or self for the unequal consequence (burden?) placed upon women, please do not take it out on ME.
»  If you don't believe in God, please believe in the worth/value/future of ME.
What do we reply to this voice echoing our own cries for affirmation and value? Does the suggestion of such a voice enrage us? Do we deny its value—its reality? Do we do unto the embryo/fetus what has been done to us? Or do we do unto that spirit/body (whether fully conjoined or not) what we desire to have done to our spirit/body?

In this echoing voice can we hear?
... the embryo child in a world beguiled
By rights of all but those.4
The additional irony in this “absolute right” is that ACE sometimes perpetuates itself, generation after generation, because some ACE children / adults become so locked into self-determinism or sometimes, self-loathing, addiction, or déjà vu that they cannot comprehend the damage they perpetuate because of the damage that was done to them.

It is difficult to understand why so much abuse and suffering is allowed, except that so many of us use our agency at the expense of others. But even in the ashes of regret, fear, disappointment, sorrow, suffering, and confusion, beauty can arise.5

And yes, all this “spirit-dimension” voicing can be denied or rejected, but perhaps Shakespeare was more right than we care to admit when he wrote:
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
      - Hamlet (1.5.167-8), Hamlet to Horatio.
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1. ACE = Adverse Childhood Experience: See prior Déjà Vu posts on this topic: https://dejavu-timestwo.blogspot.com/2017/02/tell-me-about-your-childhood.html ; https://dejavu-timestwo.blogspot.com/2017/02/the-faces-of-ace.html ; https://dejavu-timestwo.blogspot.com/2017/02/a-thousand-points-of-enlightenment.html ; See also: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adverse_Childhood_Experiences_Study
2. She adds: (“Yes! Even after 18-gut-wrenching, heartbreaking, tear-inducing, marriage-straining years of infertility, I still get that choice. It's MINE.”) But is this truly an absolute right? or is it qualified when there are competing rights, even if that competing right entails substantial sacrifice or inconvenience by one party? Which right is superior? the one with the most power? the one with the most long-term, fatal consequence? Does a first choice: to have sex constrain a second choice: to abort a life consequence? In other words, perhaps there is a right to choose abortion when there was no true consent: when sex was forced or was consented to under duress, fear, or trafficking.
3. See the possible abortion exception in footnote 2 above
4. Offering Up the Children at https://dejavu-timestwo.blogspot.com/2010/06/offering-up-children.html
5. Perhaps read or listen to: Beauty For Ashes by Joyce Meyer (Time 51:27 at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrTvgFq89yQ ; Joyce Meyer - Brokenness and Wholeness Sermon 2017 (Time 1:48:30) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYVI9bPBagA ; Refuse to Be Trapped by Your Past - Joyce Meyer (2016) (Time 1:42:03 at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0WK1UrxQH0 ; (See, also, Isaiah 61).

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

“The DOGS of War”


(or more precisely, “The GODS of War”)
In English, the dogs of war is a phrase spoken by Mark Antony in Act 3, Scene 1, line 273 of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar: "Cry 'Havoc!,' and let slip the dogs of war."1
Neither Shakespeare nor Plutarch, his probable source, would have understood how apt that phrase and the “anagram” (DOGS) would prove, particularly beginning in the 19th Century2 and now escalated to unbelievable proportions as GODS in our 21st Century.

And, it is doubtful, WE will ever understand:
» the dire state of our world—of our idolatry and gods;
» the machinations and secret combinations of the many without conscience who pursue and protect power and gain at any and every cost; or
» the cryptic words of prophecy,
until WE understand and admit what underpins (and helps explain) them all, being
Guns
Oil
Drugs
Sex
Could these four prove a layered, intertwining dimension of the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse?3

Guns: Behold a déjà vu historical reality: the guy with the advanced, fastest, and most weapons wins4—BUT for the guys manufacturing, selling, or profiting in weapons, the goal is a “balance of weapons-power.” If no one can permanently win, then war (or more subtlety and preferably, proxy-wars) can go on forever, necessitating the production and consumption of more and more weapons (not to mention of oil, gas, etc.), thus preserving:
»  profits of war;
»  perpetual clean-ups and reconstructions;
»  perpetual (and increasing) funding of Military Industrial/Intelligence Complexes (MIICs) and their contractors;
»  surreptitious selling of patents, trade-secrets, weapons, materials & minerals for private profit.
Why, indeed, would weaponizers and profiteers want an end to war when war is the most lucrative business imaginable5? Remember the threat: “I will buy up armies and navies, [false priests who oppress] and reign with blood and horror on this earth.”6

Oil: The exposés of what has been done (and often suppressed) about crimes, corruptions, and deceptions engaged in, in the pursuit of oil, gas, and minerals are numerous and known by those who care to know. The treasures extracted from the veins of mother earth still govern world affairs, economics, and conflict. Here is a 2-part documentary about the obsessive, psychopathic pursuit of power and control (via energy markets) to create an oligarchy7 or oiligarchy as Corbett terms it:
How and Why Big Oil Conquered the World
https://www.corbettreport.com/bigoil/
Is it not incredibly ironic that the $1,000.00 loan to John D. Rockefeller (JDR) that eventually led8 to the founding of the soon-to-be monopolistic Standard Oil company was given to JDR (late 1850s) by his snake-oil salesman father, William Avery Rockefeller (WAR), aka “Devil Bill”9? JDR's apparent co-founder of Standard Oil was also WAR (William Avery Rockefeller, Jr.). Could the gods of irony be any more transparent? Could there be any greater vehicle to fund the agenda of total domination and control than controlling the world's energy sectors? even the forthcoming, so-called, green ones?

Drugs: Why do we have such a drug crisis? Could it be because the powers-that-be are not fighting drugs, but pretending to—allowing only the selective prosecution of low-level dealers or unauthorized/uncooperative high-level competitors? In suppressed truth, the dominating powers are participating in and protecting the growth, manufacture, and running of drugs in every conceivable way for massive profit. They trade weapons for drugs, overtly or secretly weaponizing even so-called enemies in the process. The drug-running through Mena Arkansas was only the tip of an iceberg that still seeks to hide reality, accountability, and a host of sins and sinners under the pejorative “conspiracy theory.” But the warning and exposing voices are too numerous to discount. If only WE would allow ourselves to see and hear the reality: Drug-running is helping fund MIICs, private contractors, and black-ops that are tearing our world apart. The justification of doing bad things for good purpose—fighting socialist/communist ideologies—is pure fraud and self-deception10 as the very ones who “justify” are the same ones surreptitiously selling or allowing the sale of materials, weapons, and technology to their alleged “enemies” often for drugs—then selling the drugs (through criminal affiliations) to their own “expendable” citizens. In the end, what does drug-running and war exacerbate but disease, famine, death, and conquest of body and soul?

Sex: The pillage, rape, and plunder of humanity has forever been the legacy of war, BUT in these latter-days of surveillance technology, sex has also become the greatest entrapment/blackmail weapon ever wielded to puppeteer kings/queens, princes, presidents, PMs, popes, cardinals, priests, generals, politicians, bankers, producers, actors, and a myriad other useful human assets. Over the years, many moral taboos have fallen victim to prevalence till we have come to the last taboo: pedophilia. And so the gods and dogs of war continue, creating more and more orphans and other victims of crime and chaos to feed power, greed, and the last taboo.

Where is the nation? where are the people? who will reject the gods of war? who will NEVER “let slip the dogs of war” for the sake of power and profit? Where are the presidents, politicians, broadcasters, citizens with courage?

Where is the resounding voice of WE, THE PEOPLE???

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1. Dogs of War: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_dogs_of_war_(phrase) . If one is open to truths about power and gain agendas and actions, take up George Webb on Twitter or YouTube, e.g.. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrQ-wHKVi0JDWjQGcuoYnew. He speaks of the dogs and gods of war in several of his podcasts and was one of the inspirations for this post.
2. Opium Wars: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opium_Wars
3. Four Horseman: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Horsemen_of_the_Apocalypse
4. (except when the real God intervenes)
5. Not only for the manufacture and sale of high- and low-tech weapons, but for all the GDP generated by clean-up and reconstruction, often by the same corps or subsidiaries of those who did the initial destruction—not to mention the economic chaos that allows high-rollers to roll-in and buy-up distressed land and assets at rock-bottom prices—especially if the land is oil rich or along a proposed oil/gas pipeline.
6. Line delivered by the actor playing Satan in a dramatic script of the LDS Church. The text in square brackets is their revision from the former (circa 170 year-old) text “popes and priests.”
7. ("a government in which a small group exercises control especially for corrupt and selfish purposes." Source: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oligarchy)
8. (via a series of business ventures, including substantial profits from the civil war, and in 1863 building an oil refinery. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_D._Rockefeller)
9https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Rockefeller_Sr.
10Doctrine and Covenants | Section 10:25–28 ~ For Example: Yea, he [Satan] 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.

Friday, April 19, 2019

The Test of Power?

We have learned by sad experience that it is the nature and disposition of almost all men, as soon as they get a little authority, as they suppose, they will immediately begin to exercise unrighteous dominion.1
How fascinating that “the nature and disposition of almost all men ... to exercise unrighteous dominion” has been so thoroughly confirmed.


How to Deprogram a Sociopath: A Proposal (Time 39:37)
[Davi Barker: Authoritarian Sociopathy] at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceyvTFr5vtU&feature=youtu.be 2
Most of us probably think we are immune to the “spirit of power” that seems to overtake those who rise to, or are appointed or elected to positions of power; a spirit that oft envelopes even those who merely simulate power scenarios as was illustrated in this video3 presented several years ago; a spirit also described here:
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.4
Two of the great tests in this world, documented déjà vu on déjà vu, are the test of wealth and the test of power, both of which foster and flourish in secret combinations.5

Too bad more of us do not recognize the expressions of power in ourselves and in those we elevate to power, and why most seldom manifest in office what was promised in campaign. If there were more awareness and exposure of the dark "nature and disposition" of power in almost every human heart, maybe more of us would pass the test.

A recommended place to achieve greater awareness: The Powers That Be: Theology for a New Millennium by Walter Wink.

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1. Doctrine and Covenants | Section 121:39 (bold emphasis added)
2. See also at https://www.corbettreport.com/interview-1439-davi-barker-on-authoritarian-sociopathy/ or Davi Barker, Authoritarian Sociopathy (Time 52:19 at https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=davi+barker
3. https://dejavu-times.blogspot.com/2014/03/truly-afflicted-with-riches.html
4. New Testament | Ephesians 6:12
5. Book of Mormon | Ether 8:22-23 ~ And whatsoever nation shall uphold such secret combinations, to get power and gain, until they shall spread over the nation, behold, they shall be destroyed; ... 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. (Bold emphasis added.)
Book of Mormon | Ether 11:15 ~ And it came to pass that there arose a rebellion among the people, because of that secret combination which was built up to get power and gain; (Bold emphasis added.)

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

A Shift in Church Records?


With the April 4, 2019 announcement that—
These changes [new policies] do not represent a shift in Church doctrine related to marriage or the commandments of God in regard to chastity and morality1
—the question immediately comes to mind: What of church records? What will the changes require?—necessitate? What options must the Certificates of Record now offer? What of Family History and other records and lists?
Parents of child:
1. Father: ___________________
    Mother: __________________

2. Father: ___________________
    Father: ___________________

3. Mother: ___________________
    Mother: ___________________

4. Other: ____________________
    Other: ____________________

Other Records / Software:
1. Husband: __________________
    Wife: _____________________

2. Husband: __________________
    Husband: __________________

3. Wife: _____________________
    Wife: _____________________

4. Other: _____________________
    Other: _____________________

Just wondering about a lot of things.

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1. https://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/first-presidency-messages-general-conference-leadership-session-april-2019#oaks

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

“To Make the Known Unknown”?


If there is a succinct phrase that could describe the condition of our day, it might be the title to this post.
"To make the known unknown."*
God's promise has always been the reverse: to make the unknown known to those who seek:
Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not. (Old Testament | Jeremiah 33:3)

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: (New Testament | Matthew 7:7)
BUT in this age we have become inundated with fake news, false flags, propaganda, and psy-ops orchestrated and funded by the very powers that claim to have our best interests and security at heart. We have fallen into an age where that which is known to millions is ignored by millions as though what they know (what witness after witness has revealed at risk to life and limb) were completely unknown. As if we cannot bring ourselves to see, hear, or speak about what is being done in our world. As if we cannot remember:
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (New Testament | Ephesians 6:12)
This Déjà Vu blog has tried, over the past decade, to help keep conscious that which is known (has been witnessed time after time) about the forces and fabrications of the adversary; a consciousness of not resisting evil with evil but of resisting the powers with awareness, prayer, exposure, and invitations to redemption.

Here is a brief excerpt detailing our current circumstance from “Engaging the Powers” by Walter Wink:
The world-atmosphere teaches us what we can value. In the Domination System generally, it teaches us to value power. In any particular society, however, power is given specific shape by the peculiar conditions of the time. What characterizes our society is the unique value ascribed to money. People in every age have coveted wealth, but few societies have lionized the entrepreneur as ours does. Aristocratic societies—and most societies have been aristocratic—have tended to look down on acquisitiveness and to despise merchants. Modern capitalism, by contrast, has made wealth the highest value. Our entire social system has become an "economy"; no earlier society would have characterized itself thus. Profit is the highest social good. Consumerism has become the only universally available mode of participation in modern society. The work ethic has been replaced by the consumption ethic, the cathedral by the skyscraper, the hero by the billionaire, the saint by the executive, religion by ideology. The Kingdom of Mammon exercises constraint by invisible chains and drives its slaves with invisible prods. (How rare it is for rich people to say, "I have enough.") But Mammon is wiser in its way than the dictator, for money enslaves not by force but by love.

The world-atmosphere also teaches us what to see. "One can say not only that as individuals we live within a sociocultural organism but also that the sociocultural organism lives within us. Not only are we individual units within an organized society, but organized society is represented and incarnated within our brains." Whatever the System tells our brains is real is what we are allowed to notice; everything else must be ignored. "We give the system the power to make the known unknown."[*] Thus we are taught to mistrust our own experiences.

Every observation is a directed observation, that is, an observation for or against a point of view. Every mind is a "contaminated mind," a mind constructed of a network of suppositions and assumptions. All descriptions are paradigm-conditioned and value-laden. A Skinnerian and a Freudian will not only describe the same behavior in incompatible ways, but their conceptual frameworks actually cause them to see different behaviors. The observed behavior is different in each case. The result of this limitation on what we are allowed to see is a miniaturization of our living world.

These limitations of sight are to a degree merely a consequence of finitude. But to some extent they are also the result of a system that is deliberately blinding us to God's true intent for humanity:

Walter Wink. Engaging the Powers: Discernment and Resistance in a World of Domination (Kindle Locations 812-829). Kindle Edition. [ All bold emphasis has been added, and 3 footnote references omitted.]
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* Wink's Footnote 12: Anne Wilson Schaef, When Society Becomes an Addict (San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1987), 108.  at Walter Wink. Engaging the Powers: Discernment and Resistance in a World of Domination (Kindle Locations 4926-4927). Kindle Edition.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

"Nonviolence for the Violent"?


The great déjà vu of history must be the continuity of domination systems and the violence that sustains them. When we look at our inner and outer selves and at the systems we have established, almost all—whatever the “altruistic” origins—seem to rapidly devolve into domination systems, even within our families.

But perhaps the greatest domination system in history is the deep state fronted by US, our secretive agencies, and coerced allies. When we finally open our eyes and ears to the depth of murder and mayhem that we have resorted to in pursuit of power, gain, and so-called security, the crimes and corruptions of the socialist/communist system will pale in comparison to those of the secretive, hypocritical Babylonian system1 that we have embraced and energized.

The violence that has been perpetrated by this nation that was born in such hope and promise is tragic beyond description. Many have tried to witness what they have seen and experienced, but so few USians want the truth; but for those who do, what do WE do so that we do not mirror the violence?

Perhaps we can learn vital lessons from 2000 years ago—not from the supposed wimp Jesus, but from the radical, outspoken Jesus who used the domination system against itself in nonviolent ways. Perhaps it is time to reassess what Jesus really intended with turn the other cheek; with let him have thy cloak also; with go the second mile.2



Walter Wink (1): Nonviolence for the Violent (Time 8:11) at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gC8pffvX1to&list=PL2oZnDZepAhfBN8Zg9pFGzaN_WoPyfvSw
Part 2 (Time 9:24) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUc3lAhJs8c&list=PL2oZnDZepAhfBN8Zg9pFGzaN_WoPyfvSw&index=2
Part 3 (Time 8:40) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UejcCTSwJ6I&list=PL2oZnDZepAhfBN8Zg9pFGzaN_WoPyfvSw&index=3
Part 4 (Time 8:58) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9buysvm0SGE&list=PL2oZnDZepAhfBN8Zg9pFGzaN_WoPyfvSw&index=4
Part 5 (Time 10:01) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_1jpwHsRus&list=PL2oZnDZepAhfBN8Zg9pFGzaN_WoPyfvSw&index=5
For latter-day ideas for nonviolent resistance, check out Gene Sharp and his advocates.3

Oh, that we had a passionate, repentant Jonah4 preaching with power to a seeing, hearing US!

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1. The REAL nemesis of Zion:  https://dejavu-timestwo.blogspot.com/2017/08/conflation.html ; https://dejavu-timestwo.blogspot.com/2014/12/deception-inc.html ; https://dejavu-timestwo.blogspot.com/2015/01/arms-race.html ; https://dejavu-timestwo.blogspot.com/2014/12/the-sound-of-trump.html ; https://dejavu-timestwo.blogspot.com/2010/02/economics-of-babylon.html ; https://dejavu-timestwo.blogspot.com/2009/12/economics-of-jesus.html
2. New Testament | Matthew 5:39–41 ~ 39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil [with evil?]: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40 And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also. 41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.
3. The secret to effective nonviolent resistance | Jamila Raqib (Time 8:57 TED talk) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIpgrZ8yS-Q ; Gene Sharp - Hardtalk (Time 23:47) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wZESH4D1ik&t=581s
4. https://dejavu-timestwo.blogspot.com/2018/09/why-was-jonah-so-very-angry.html

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

"That we do ALWAYS remember ..." (what?)


Photo credit below
Most every Sunday, many of us say amen to words1 we give little thought to during the following week; and after that amen, we partake of bread and water in remembrance and witness of those words—one of which is ALWAYS.2 Yet, if we could count our thoughts even on the day of our witness, how would our remembrance be graphed?

Below, in the footnotes,3 is a small sampling of what has become, recognized in this age of digital devices, as the foremost observable obsession / addiction / attraction / distraction of perhaps any age of world history—the ubiquitous smartphone: that thing millions always remember; that millions nigh panic over if mis- or displaced; that thing that commands attention and remembrance.

So how do we always remember Him in the face of such unrelenting distraction? For starters we can acknowledge our failing—we can raise our consciousness to a new level of knowing how little we are aware of His presence (and His desire to be present) in the hours, minutes, seconds, and nanoseconds of our lives. In this world of overload, stress, distraction, enticement, addiction, disappointment, etc., etc., (weapons of Babylon), we can raise our sights to look for God everywhere in:
»  sunrises, sunsets, and stars
»  great rivers and small streams
»  flowers and trees; fishes and forests
»  birds and bees; babies and bladders
»  fingers and toes; eyes, ears, noses, and throats
»  shoulders and spines; elbows and knees
»  breasts, bile, and bowels
»  seeds, soil, sap, and saliva
»  language, laughter, and lymph nodes
»  dreams, decimals, and deliverance
»  electricity,4 eclipses, endurance, and electrons
»  parsley, paper, protons, and prayers
»  water, waves, wisdom, and wonders
»  mother earth and mother hens
»  songs, seasons, and  sabbaths
»  hugs, healing, and helping hands
»  repentance, refinement, and redemption
»  sabbaths, sufferings, and salvation
»  faith, hope, and charity
»  (to an infinity of observation)
Indeed (and thought), the places to find and remember Him are innumerable and endless. God can even be found and remembered (with consciousness) in the wonders of the smartphone, but He is far more than digital images, data, or devices.

Perhaps the best place to ALWAYS REMEMBER HIM is in gratitude—for every small (to large) favor, serendipity, protection, inspiration, gift, blessing, and help.

How many times, in a day, can we say: I thank Thee5 ... ?
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
(New Testament | 1 Thessalonians 5:18)

VERILY I say unto you my friends, fear not, let your hearts be comforted; yea, rejoice evermore, and in everything give thanks;
(Doctrine and Covenants | Section 98:1)
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1. Doctrine and Covenants | Section 20:77 ~ ... and witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they are willing to take upon them the name of thy Son, and always remember him ... (See also, Book of Mormon | Moroni 4:3)
Doctrine and Covenants | Section 20:79 ~ ... that they may witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they do always remember him, ... (See also, Book of Mormon | Moroni 5:2)
2. Always ~ adverb: 1) every time; on every occasion; without exception; 2) all the time; continuously; uninterrupted; 3) forever
3. A small sampling:
▪  Signs and Symptoms of Cell Phone Addiction ~
https://www.psychguides.com/guides/signs-and-symptoms-of-cell-phone-addiction/
▪  Understanding Cell Phone Addiction
https://www.psychalive.org/cell-phone-addiction/
▪  Phone Addiction Is Real -- And So Are Its Mental Health Risks ~
https://www.forbes.com/sites/alicegwalton/2017/12/11/phone-addiction-is-real-and-so-are-its-mental-health-risks/#12eabb7313df
▪  21 Signs You’re Way Too Addicted to Your Phone ~
https://www.rd.com/advice/relationships/cell-phone-addiction/
▪  Smartphone addiction could be changing your brain ~
https://www.cnn.com/2017/11/30/health/smartphone-addiction-study/index.html
▪  Your brain on digital technology ~
https://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas/your-brain-on-digital-technology-1.4562541
▪  Addicted to your smartphone? How to start kicking the habit ~
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/addicted-to-your-smartphone-how-to-start-kicking-the-habit-1.4483835
4. If you question electricity, check out The Electric Universe at https://www.thunderbolts.info/wp/daily-tpod/tpods-of-2019-archive/ ; https://www.thunderbolts.info/wp/ ; and https://www.electricuniverse.info/
5, Why I prefer “Thee” (being the intimate form and not, as some allege, a formal, respectful form); see http://dejavu-timestwo.blogspot.com/2010/12/language-of-prayer.html

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