Friday, September 28, 2018

Why was Jonah so “very angry”?


Background: Nineveh was an ancient city of Assyria—a nation known for war, destruction, terror, torture, and murder.1 As the story unfolds, a reluctant Jonah is persuaded by God to warn Nineveh of imminent destruction if the people do not repent, which they almost immediately did.
And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not. BUT it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry. (Old Testament | Jonah 3:10-4:1)
So why was Jonah so very angry? Could it be the same reason that caused Biblical Job to be so distressed and confused?2 Might it also prove to be the same reason why many of us will become confused or angry when “Justice and Judgment”3 takes the bench and rules contrary to our will or perspective?

Some believe that Jonah was afraid to go to Nineveh because of its reputation, but Jonah's words  suggest that he feared not Nineveh, but rather God's will and ways.
I pray thee, O LORD, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil. Therefore now, O LORD, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live. (Old Testament | Jonah 4:2-3)
The whole world knew of Assyria's infamy and menace, and undoubtedly thousands in Israel prayed day and night for justice and judgment to reign down upon those purveyors of trauma and terror. But what did Nineveh know, prior to Jonah, of God, or goodness, or truth? What was the culture they were immersed in from birth? Were they not like unto cattle driven hither and thither at the whims, commands, and customs of their leaders because that was all they knew of obedience? of survival?

To have been so instrumental in immediately convicting Nineveh of its abominations, Jonah must have preached such fire and brimstone that the city was overwhelmed with his truths. And what was he preaching with such passion if not Justice and Judgment? Do his words not tell us that God's seeming abandonment of these values distressed Jonah to the point that he questioned the whole purpose of his life? Did it not appear that God's mercy had robbed justice, especially when God's Word is saturated with promises of justice and judgment for the wicked?

But God tried to teach Jonah (and other lovers of Justice and Judgment) that all things are not as they appear.
And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much [like unto?] cattle? (Old Testament | Jonah 4:11)
Is this why Justice and Judgment are to be strictly left in the hands of God?

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1. Grisly Assyrian Record of Torture and Death By Erika Belibtreu at https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/f4af/bb82f1b7920fa9444e29eb128bd13832cd46.pdf ; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assyria
2. http://dejavu-times.blogspot.com/search/label/Biblical%20Job ; http://dejavu-timestwo.blogspot.com/search/label/Biblical%20Job
3. Old Testament | Psalms 89:14 ~ Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face.
Old Testament | Proverbs 21:3 ~ To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
Pearl of Great Price | Moses 6:61 ~ Therefore it is given to abide in you; the record of heaven; the Comforter; the peaceable things of immortal glory; the truth of all things; that which quickeneth all things, which maketh alive all things; that which knoweth all things, and hath all power according to wisdom, mercy, truth, justice, and judgment.
Pearl of Great Price | Abraham 3 Fac.:1 ~ Fig. 1. Abraham sitting upon Pharaoh's throne, by the politeness of the king, with a crown upon his head, representing the Priesthood, as emblematical of the grand Presidency in Heaven; with the scepter of justice and judgment in his hand.
Book of Mormon | Alma 60:13 ~ For the Lord suffereth the righteous to be slain that his justice and judgment may come upon the wicked; therefore ye need not suppose that the righteous are lost because they are slain; but behold, they do enter into the rest of the Lord their God.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Unwitting Targets? Unwitting, Unwilling Dupes?


I continue to be amazed at the number of friends, acquaintances, latter-day bloggers, and pod-casters who remain unaware or unconcerned about escalating massive deceptions, conspiracies, and targeting of whistle blowers and the innocent (on both the right and the left). The technology of both subtle and overt persecution is sweeping more and more surveillance-saturated humans into a a dragnet of compromise, control, distress, and / or destruction. For example:



Michael Barden – Targeted Individual When The Police Harass You, Who Do You Call?
(Time 56:36) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dy3XCyBVOj8
Do we imagine our technology (both known and hidden) is devoted to “do no evil”? Do we imagine that the adversary has not conscripted every soul, tool, and technology possible to further his agenda of destruction? Do we imagine that “I have nothing to hide or be ashamed of” is sufficient protection? Do we forget that the adversary is:
● the enemy of every truth and good?
● the father of all lies?
● a false accuser?
● the tempter to selfishness, excess, greed, and conflict?
● a destroyer of the souls of men?
● an entity utterly without conscience or empathy?
What will those obsessed with pursuing and protecting power, gain, and pleasure not attempt in service to the adversary's obsession to co-opt the world? to destroy every soul that will not join the dark “team”? How long will those who obey orders without question keep obeying when questions begin to arise?

What do we imagine the massive data banks are being used for? How many of our private conversations, actions, likes, dislikes, obsessions, addictions, "sins," etc. etc. are stored just waiting for the perfect "persuasive" moment to stimulate some action in furtherance of another's nefarious agenda? When will we recognize how much of our government, corporate, charitable, entertainment, justice and law enforcement, (etc., etc.) worlds are controlled by fear, fraud, blackmail, conspiracy, extortion, favor, pay-to-play, etc.? So much is still hidden to those who will not see, despite the overwhelming evidence; exacerbated by the myopia and complicity of the MSM.

Are not those who mock "conspiracy theorists"; who deny the reality of brownstone, honeypot, and yacht ops; who pretend that MKUltra, SRA, and pedophile victims are few and far between; who believe that targeted individuals are mentally-ill paranoids—are they not (to but it baldly) dupes and accomplices, aiding and abetting the enemy of all that is good? Could these words apply?
Let not that which I have appointed [the good, the true, the beautiful] be polluted by mine enemies, by the consent of those who call themselves after my name;1
Never in the history of our world (as far as we know) has evil had such global power to enslave and control, manipulate and extort. We remain oblivious to the machinations and conspiracies of evil at our peril, at the peril of our families, and of our remaining freedoms.

How many “targets” feel they are losing their sanity? How many have chosen suicide as the only way out of confusion, distress, and persecution? How many others have chosen to participate in the surveillance and stalking of others thinking they were doing their country a service? (or for other less altruistic reasons?)

Please, let us become aware. Let us stand against organized surveillance and stalking. Let us sustain those who are targeted. Let us never be seduced or coerced into joining in surveillance, harassing, bullying programs as described in the above video (and hundreds of others). Our world is truly in a dire state of SOS. Let us organize our own, community-by-community, SOS rescues:


SEE: http://dejavu-timestwo.blogspot.com/2017/07/sos-call-to-action.html
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1. Doctrine and Covenants | Section 101:97

 
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