Thursday, February 20, 2020

Doppelgänger Probabilities?

* Facial Recognition System
Have you ever wondered:
● about the strangeness of the doppelgänger1 phenomenon?
● whether the ubiquitous facial recognition system technology (FRS)2 is already being used to search out and match every “twin” in the world?
● whether the FRS has gone beyond mere matching, but has already surreptitiously tested and doppelgänged the public in some matters: politics, government, entertainment, activism, media, etc.?
● whether time-pressures, inadequacies, inconvenience, health issues, breakdowns, untimely deaths, etc. of “Twin One” could be compensated for my substituting “Twin Two"?
● if “The Prisoner of Zenda” (1894)3 scenario (after a century plus of technological enhancement) could be more prevalent than we think?
● if with all the “smoke” over the years, there might be some “fire” to some of the doubles' rumors?
● if the powers-that-be take (hubric) glee in blatant and egregious deceptions proving (to themselves) the imbecility of the masses, thus justifying their agendas of manipulation, domination, theft, expendability, etc.?
● whether we have become so accustomed to not seeing differences and anomalies that we never question discrepancies?
● whether those who do question anomalies could survive the outrage of non-see-ers or conspiracy deny-ers4 — aka: auto-believers in authoritarian pronouncements? or those who insist that because “I” would never do or think such a thing, nobody could or would?
● whether FRS security (replacing passwords) is as secure as we think or as promised?
Have you ever imagined:
● what the devil could do with doppelgängers: “that man of sin ... [that] son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God”5?
● that doppelgängers might account, in part, for the prophesied: “... false Christs, and false prophets, [who] shall shew great signs and wonders”?6
● that there could be sufficient technology to create a “resurrected” Jesus “twin”?
● how the father-of-all-lies might also think to stage a resurrection spectacular with a host of globally-known, dead-but-now-“risen” celebrities (i.e., doppelgängers, maybe even avatars7) parading in, performing for, and praising the awesome returned god?
● how confusing it might be for believers-in-truth-and-justice if many of the “resurrected” were world idols / celebrities or elites or known socio- / psychopaths?
Yes, of course, most people have probably never wondered about or imagined these bizarre things, BUT perhaps we should remember how many adversaries of righteousness there are in positions of power in this world today, and how “if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect, who are the elect according to the covenant.”8

Perhaps we should become more aware of how technology is already being used to deceive and how being
Forewarned is forearmed.9
Could this scripture warning encompass things outside our experience, imagination, or expectation?
Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know before the things which are coming, beware lest ye also being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness.10
1. A doppelgänger (... literally "double-goer") is a non-biologically related look-alike or double of a living person sometimes portrayed as a ghostly or paranormal phenomenon and usually seen as a harbinger of bad luck. Other traditions and stories equate a doppelgänger with an evil twin. In modern times, the term twin stranger is occasionally used. ... The word "doppelgänger" is often used in a more general and neutral sense, and in slang, to describe any person who physically resembles another person. (Bold emphasis added.) Source:
21 Most Unbelievable Doppelgangers (Believe That: Time 6:53) at
People Who Met Their Lookalikes In Real Life (Facts Verse: Time 6:20) at
5. New Testament | 2 Thessalonians 2:3–9 ~
   3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
   4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
   5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
   6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
   7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
   8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
   9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
6. New Testament | Matthew 24:24 ~ For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
7. Remember the deceased prophet “Samuel's” appearance to King Saul? Do we really think a necromancer (witch of En-dor) could produce or summon the real Samuel? See
8. Joseph Smith Translation: New Testament | Matthew 24:23-24 ~ For in those days, there shall also arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if possible, they shall deceive the very elect, who are the elect according to the covenant. Behold, I speak these things unto you for the elect’s sake.
10. Joseph Smith Translation: New Testament | 2 Peter 3:17  ~  (Bold emphasis added.)

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Monday, February 10, 2020

Discerning the Powers and Our Complicity?

In this past week, have we not witnessed an inglorious demonstration of the Powers (the Domination System) at work in the SOTU address and the Senate “trial” and acquittal of Donald Trump1? how puppetry has become so entrenched in our Republic that hundreds genuflect to lies and concealments of and by both the Right and the Left? how only one man dared oppose his party-line on a single vote? and though the real motives of that one man are perhaps known only to himself and God, we should all know, by now, that the hidden persuasions of our deeply corrupted system have infected nigh, if not, every politician. Most of them know to the full that they do, indeed, wrestle against flesh and blood, as well as
... against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.2
and that most of them (and many of us) have succumbed in some fashion.

Perhaps the following quotes will open our eyes a little more:
We should be confessing our complicity with the Powers, the ways we benefit from the injustices they structure to our advantage, and the racist and sexual stereotyping that we thoughtlessly perpetuate in our encounters with others. Instead, we tend to confess infractions of the rules the Powers themselves have established. Forgiveness of sins often functions, not as an act of liberation from the delusional system, but as a rite of reinsertion into it. ... what we need is not to be cleaned up and sent right back into a corrupt society, but to be lifted out of it altogether, by a sovereign act of God, who wipes the slate clean and offers us a new reality, the reality intended for us from the foundation of the world.3

Humanity longs for a world where the travail of personal transformation will not be necessary, where the arduous effort to develop a virtuous character can be avoided, where our neighbors will be judged by the standards we idealize but have exempted ourselves from achieving. Behind all such dreams of a perfected social structure lies the nightmare of totalitarianism. At what cost in personal freedoms must the dream of an anarchy-free society be bought? Unless people as well as their systems are changed, the crystal utopias of our fantasies will continue to dawn blood-drenched and inhospitable.4

No arrangement of social cooperation, in which power controls power and anarchy is tamed, will produce human beings free from the lust for power.5

Most functioning democracies are run by oligarchies that maintain power whichever party is elected, and they make common cause with bureaucrats intent on preserving their own fiefdoms. Even at the local level, democratic governance [has become] inefficient, contentious, shortsighted, and miserly.6

We are dead [to Christ] insofar as we have been socialized into patterns of injustice. We died, bit by bit, as expectations foreign to our essence were forced upon us. We died as we began to become complicit in our own alienation and that of others. We died as we grew to love our bondage, to rationalize, justify, and even champion it. And by a kind of heavenly homeopathy, we must swallow what killed us in order to come to life.7

But rebirth is not a private, inward event only. For it also includes the necessity of dying to whatever in our social surroundings has shaped us inauthentically. We must also die to the Domination System in order to live authentically. Those born to privilege and wealth may miss life by having been installed at the center of a universe revolving around their own desires. Others, born to merciless poverty and the contempt of the ruling class, may miss life by never feeling really human at all. If the advantaged must die to their egocentricity, the underprivileged must die to their hopelessness, fatalism, and acquiescence in their own despoiling.8

The church has many functions, not all related to the Powers. With reference to the Powers, however, its task, as we have seen, is to unmask their idolatrous pretensions, to identify their dehumanizing values, to strip from them the mantle of respectability, and to disenthrall their victims. It is uniquely equipped to help people unmask and die to the Powers.9

The Powers once again, acting from concealment, entice courageous and dedicated people to blame their own personal inadequacies for what are in fact systemically induced delusions. Here the traditional religions can come to our aid, Lerner insists, since they, almost alone in our society, are able to mount a consistent counter-cultural critique of domination.10

"You don't need courage to speak out against a regime. You just need not to care anymore—not to care about being punished or beaten."11

[F]ollowing Jesus' liberating way puts us on a collision course with oppressive regimes and institutions, which will resort to any means necessary to crush resistance. By voluntarily and deliberately facing the prospect of death, one is freed from its power as a deterrent. "Just as one must learn the art of killing in the training for violence," taught Gandhi, "so one must learn the art of dying in the training for non-violence.""12
Are our churches helping us learn this: the art of dying to our fears of disapproval, our fears of being punished, of being ostracized or criticized? How are we ever going to be prepared to stand for truth and freedom if we fear dying to the perks, privileges, and praise of the Powers?

1. Déjà Vu: Pandora*? at
2. New Testament | Ephesians 6:12
3. Walter Wink. Engaging the Powers: Discernment and Resistance in a World of Domination (Kindle Locations 2336-2342). Kindle Edition.
4. Ibid., (Kindle Locations 1138-1141). Kindle Edition.
5. Ibid., (Kindle Locations 1137-1138). Kindle Edition.
See also: The Spirit of Power at
6. Ibid., (Kindle Locations 2471-2473). Kindle Edition.
7. Ibid., (Kindle Locations 2293-2295). Kindle Edition.
8. Ibid., (Kindle Locations 2302-2306). Kindle Edition.
9. Ibid., (Kindle Locations 2400-2402). Kindle Edition.
10. Ibid., (Kindle Locations 1070-1072). Kindle Edition.
11. Ibid., (Kindle Location 2289). Kindle Edition.
12. Ibid., (Kindle Locations 2382-2384). Kindle Edition.

Sunday, February 2, 2020

A WORLD of Difference?

In the grip
of the wicked?*
Sometimes, when we read things over and over, like scripture, we become insensitive to the depth and variety of meanings in a single word. Take for example: “WORLD.” We use it for these vastly different meanings (bold emphasis added):

1. The divine creation
» ... for the pillars of the earth are the LORD's, and he hath set the world upon them. (Old Testament | 1 Samuel 2:8)

» God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; (New Testament | Acts 17:24)
2. The wicked
» And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; (Old Testament | Isaiah 13:11)

» These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. (New Testament | John 16:33)
Unfortunately, we seem not to appreciate the systemic nature of use # 2 as it relates to democracies. We individualize the wicked: the murderer, the rapist, the abuser, the thief, the liar and so forth, and leave most of our collective structures / institutions un-discerned — these corporate, military, and other subsystems that sustain and perpetuate a System of domination and oppression managed by force and oft-times violence.*

Perhaps in this year 2020, to help open our eyes fully to the control- and elite-obsessed world we live in (the world prophesied for the end times — the world the old prophets and God Himself lamented and tried to warn about), we could begin to discern and use the descriptor “Domination System” for every “world” we encounter from example 2 above. This substitution was suggested years ago,1 but has been taken up only be a few writers.

Knowing and using the name of something can expose it for what it truly is, and we are at a point in history where the System seeking to control the world must be named and exposed, not as a propagandized, peaceful, World-Order system, but as the conspiratorial WO System it is — as a Domination System where the few oppress and control the many for the benefit of those few.

So let us in our personal and family readings (perhaps even public ones) begin to call out the world system for what it is — the Domination System. Here is a small beginning:
And [Jesus] said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this [Domination System]; I am not of this [Domination System]. ... I have many things to say and to judge of you: but he that sent me is true; and I speak to the [System] those things which I have heard of him. (New Testament | John 8:23, 26)

He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this [Domination System] shall keep it unto life eternal. ... Now is the judgment of this [Domination System]: now shall the prince of this [System] be cast out. (New Testament | John 12:25, 31)

If the [Domination System] hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the [Domination System], the [System] would love his own: but because ye are not of the [System], but I have chosen you out of the [System], therefore the [Domination System] hateth you. 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; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. (New Testament | John 15:18 - 20)

... know ye not that the friendship of the [Domination System] is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the [Domination System] is the enemy of God. (New Testament | James 4:4)

Love not the [Domination System], neither the things that are in the [Domination System]. If any man love the [System], the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the [Domination System], the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the [System]. (New Testament | 1 John 2:15-16)2
When we come to understand the myriad tentacles of the Domination System, will we be more open to asking: “Are my daily labors aiding and abetting the Domination System?” Can we, like Nephi1, commit that “the things which are pleasing unto the [Domination System] I do not write [or do or think or promote], but the things which are pleasing unto God and unto those who are not of the [Domination System]?  (Book of Mormon | 1 Nephi 6:5)

Every cell in the body of Christ that moves from a disease condition into health makes a difference to the whole. Let us abandon in droves the Domination System and do everything in our power to help redeem those aspects, people, and institutions that have been taken into captivity.

* “The Domination System will attempt to crush every vestige of authentic living. ... Ignatius of Antioch, martyred for his faith about 107 C.E., perceptively observed that "the greatness of Christianity lies in its being hated by the world [read `Domination System'], not in its being convincing to it" (Rom. 3:3).” Walter Wink. Engaging the Powers: Discernment and Resistance in a World of Domination. (Kindle Locations 889, 891-892;  the `Domination System' insert in the quote was placed by Walter Wink.)

1. See entire book: Walter Wink. Engaging the Powers: Discernment and Resistance in a World of Domination. Kindle Edition.
2. Additional examples:
New Testament | John 18:36-37 ~ Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the [Domination System], that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.
New Testament | Romans 12:2 ~ And be not conformed to this [Domination System]: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
New Testament | 1 Corinthians 2:12 ~ Now we have received, not the spirit of the [Domination System], but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
New Testament | 1 Corinthians 5:10 ~ Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this [Domination System], or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the [System].
New Testament | Ephesians 2:2 ~ Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this [Domination System], according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
New Testament | Ephesians 6:12 ~ For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this [Domination System], against spiritual wickedness in high places.
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 [Domination System], and those who seek the lusts of the flesh and the things of the [System], 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.
Doctrine and Covenants | Section 1:16 ~ They seek not the Lord to establish his righteousness, but every man walketh in his own way, and after the image of his own god, whose image is in the likeness of the [Domination System], and whose substance is that of an idol, which waxeth old and shall perish in Babylon, even Babylon the great, which shall fall.
Doctrine and Covenants | Section 58:39 ~ And let him repent of his sins, for he seeketh the praise of the [Domination System].
Doctrine and Covenants | Section 84:49 ~ And the whole [Domination System] lieth in sin, and groaneth under darkness and under the bondage of sin.
Recommended for practice: New Testament | John 17; New Testament | 1 John 4

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