GUNS, BIBLE VERSES, AND INSANITY: THE APOCALYPSE THEATER MARCHES ONApril 3, 2011
I've been focused this week on what - for want of a better expression - I am calling "Apocalypse Theater." Well, just this week I finished reading a book by alternative researcher and colleague Nick Redfern, a man whose research I respect and whose ability to ferret out the strange or bizarre story and report on it accurately without intruding biases into it, I respect even more. The book is called Final Events: and the Secret Government Group on Demonic UFOs and the Afterlife.
While I hope in the future to comment more at length in the members' only area on what can best be described as the "Apocalypse Agenda," I had to share the following lengthy quotation from his book, because it is just a small sampling of its very thought-provoking contents:
"In January 2010, the mainstream American media focused a wealth of attention on a startling and weird revelation: namely, that coded biblical messages were being inscribed on high-powered rifle sights designated for use by the U.S. military. The maker of the sights, a Michigan-based outfit called Trijicon, signed a $650 million, multi-year contract to provide up to 800,000 such sights to the MArine Corps. Trijicon was founded by one Glyn Bindon, a devout Christian who was killed in a plane crash in South Africa in 2003.
"Although Army regulations specifically and absolutely prohibit the proselytizing of any religion in Iraq and Afghanistan - specifically to lay to rest any claims that the U.S. military uis on some sort of religious 'crusade' - this did not stop the sights from being distributed and utilized. One of the citations on the gun sights read: 'For God, who commanded the light to shine our of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.' Very notably, other messages on the rifle sights come from the End-Times-dominated Book of Revelation.
"Michael Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) said of the 'Jesus Rifles': 'It's literally pushing fundamentalist Christianity at the point of a gun against the people that we're fighting. We're emboldening an enemy.' Rather disturbingly, U.S> military personnel told Weinstein that their commanders were referring to these weapons as 'spiritually transformed firearm(s) of Jesus Christ.'"(p. 222).
What disturbs me most here is the implied alliance between the type of apocalyptic theology that is so widely embraced in America, and which many Americans in their theological illiteracy assume to be "historical biblical Christianity", and the Pentagon. When one adds to this the idea advanced by some that the whole "tribulation-rapture" scenario as most people currently understand it may itself have been a deliberately created and concocted doctrine, and that it was a doctrine apparently held not only by key advisers in the Reagan era, the Bush I, era, and the Bush II era, and couples that with the fact that many of these advisers also had connections to "fraternal societies," and one gets a very murky picture indeed.
While this is not the only disturbing thing that emerges in Redfern's book, it does reinforce in my mind the absolute necessity for people to wake up spiritually. Religion is still the most potent socially-organizing force we know, and nothing casts such a dark and sinister shadow on the future as the implied alignment between this sort of apocalyptic expectation and the Pentagon. Ponder it long and hard, and you will be as "shocked and awed" as I, and, I hope, as resolute in combating it as I.