Before September 2001, Americans mostly ignored the Taliban. A few noticed when they blew up two colossal statues of the Buddha in Bamiyan province, but otherwise we used them to weaken the Soviet Union.
There’s a similar religious organization in the US. The destruction of religious and cultural objects is one aspect of its agenda called “strategic level spiritual warfare” (SLSW).
A mean red dragon is waiting to eat the new-born child of a woman wearing sunshine. The dragon’s tail sweeps stars from heaven. She sprouts eagle’s wings and flies to the safe place God made as he snatches her son away from danger. Foiled again, the dragon’s offspring will seek revenge on her offspring. Who is she, he, their offspring and what’s this have to do with the Archangel Michael, the seven churches or the island of Patmos? Continue reading →
John the Divine introduced his Apocryphal letter to Christian communes in what is now Western Turkey. Each of those communes had misplaced priorities. Most commerce took place in the name of a god or goddess. The society around them was full of free women who believed in free love. It was difficult to be a good Jew, let alone a recent convert to a Jewish sect called “The Way.” But there are bigger issues to address, timeless, universal issues; conquest, war, oppression, fair wages, ecological destruction, hunger and disease. Sound like today’s News?
After describing seven Christian communes in various stages of embracing pagan worship and practices, John the Revelator shares his vision starting with a glimpse into the Temple in heaven. Theologians have invented amazing interpretations of every detail of his vision. I have my theories about this book, too. It impacts world events and can change how we hear Jesus. I think it’s important to revisit The Revelation of John the Divine.