Every now and then I get a story that is so strange that I have to blog about it. That's the case today when V.T. (thank you!) passed along this bizarre article about a lawsuit in Jerusalem brought by a local Rabbi, Daniel Asor, against the municipality for allegedly allowing the Vatican to dig a tunnel to recover the remains of King David, which - the Rabbi alleges - will by used by the Vatican to clone him and thus create the Messiah in what appears to be an alleged case of "if you don't first succeed, try again":
Here's the insidious Vatican Plot, at least, according to the article:
According to the case brought by Regavim, the Jerusalem Municipality has been concealing the existence of an underground tunnel dug by the Church of the Dormition, one of the largest and most recognizable Catholic churches in Jerusalem. It is believed the construction of the tunnel, approximately 1,970 feet long and 5 feet wide, was completed 12 years ago. It was allegedly built by the Catholic authorities in Jerusalem as an underground passage from the main building of the Dormition Abbey to the residences of the clergy in the Beit Yosef building, a dormitory/guest house it built nearby decades ago.
But spiritual leader of the Yanar Institute in Jerusalem, Rabbi Daniel Asor isn’t buying it. According to Rabbi Asor, that tunnel is a means for the Vatican to exhume the bones of King David who they allege was buried in Mt Zion. As the church is Catholic, the rabbi asserts that they are operating under the Vatican’s instructions. Rabbi Asor adds that it’s all part of the Vatican’s plan to collect DNA from the body of King David and use his DNA to “recreate” the Messiah in an effort to fool the world into believing that the Messiah has arrived.
Now, I can believe the Vatican capable of doing almost anything (see Albigensian Crusade, Fourth Crusade [which wasn't really the Papacy's fault, pin that one on Venice even though the Papacy took the fall for it], the War of the League of Cambrai, Vatican Bank, Vatican I, Vatican II, Canossa, Unam Sanctam, Not-So-Innocent III, Boniface VIII, Gasparo Cardinal Contarini &c &c &c) but a plot to steal the remains of King David to clone a "Messiah" would seem rather self-defeating in the Vatican's case.
It's rather the idea itself that intrigues me, and has me speculating all sorts of weird high octane scenarios. Yesterday, you'll recall, I blogged about "environmental DNA" and the "newly" discovered ability to detect it. I speculated about that in connection with "Russian cosmism", the bizarre and weird philosophy that wants to bring about the "resurrection of the dead" via technological means as a "Christian duty." In this, Russian cosmism represents a peculiar version of that dispensational theological eschatology known as "post-millenialism", i.e., that it's up to the Church and Christians to bring about the end-times Millenium and golden age, after which Christ returns (according to that doctrine). It's a doctrine long associated, in its western Christian form, with Calvinism and it has had its secular proponents especially in America, where the doctrine contributed no little amount of background to the American War Between the States. That's a long story and it needn't be told here. The bottom line is that the effect of the doctrine, boiled down to its bare essence, is that its up to the Church(es) to determine when Christ returns. All we need do is set up a spiritual and godly state of affairs (think of Calvin's Geneva or Cromwell's Britain...ugh!) and presto, instant Golden Age followed by Second Coming. The first teensy problem being that Christ apparently had a different timetable than M. Calvin, the Lord Protector Cromwell, Ralph Waldo Emerson, or Abraham Lincoln, and the second teensy problem being that those previous attempts to establish the tausendjahriges Reich were no more successful Herr Hitler's (maybe it had something to do with the tyranny?... just sayin').
But anyway, back to the high octane speculation of the day. As I said, it's the idea itself that intrigues me. Imagine for a moment you're Mr. Globaloney and your name is - oh, I don't know - Ernst Stavro Klaus Blohschwab or Baron Redbug de Rottenchild or Arnold Benedict Rockefailure - and you're in charge of a small but powerful and insane group of financiers seeking total and absolute power called the World Economic Fleecing (WEF) or SPECTRE (Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion) and you meet to sip espressos and to plot world domination in Davos, Switzerland, having long ago abandoned the cafes in Paris along the Seine since your previous spokesman from Corsica botched the attempt. Your problem is all those pesky religions out there that claim that something or someone called "God" is in charge but, they all have their expectations of some sort of Messiah figure who speaks for Him, and voila! You have your solution. Just create a "fulfillment" of all those Messianic expectations. It may be a little difficult to pull off, since the Imam Mahdi doesn't quite fit the Jewish Messiah who doesn't quite fit the Second Coming, but with a little "genetic finagling" and the right manipulations of the press and perhaps even the discovery of a new "old manuscript" which your documents forgery department at the Bank of International Secret Securities (BISS) and voila... instant Messiah/Second Coming/Imam Mahdi.
Yea... I know... that sounds crazy... but I don't put anything past these people. After all, they were willing to lock down the entire world for a flu...
See you on the flip side...