Coincidence… or Biblical Prophesy? I Report…I Decide!
Let’s take a look at some things happening in the news… and some Bible verses… and see if there is a connection!
NEWS ITEM ONE
Scientists have no idea WHY, but the Earth’s magnetic poles are shifting at an alarming rate! Why is that important? The Earth’s magnetic field is what allows humans to exist on Earth! Not only does it keep the Sun from burning us all up, but it also holds our atmosphere in place as well as our oceans!
Excerpt from Revelation 6:12-14 & Revelation 21: “When he opened the sixth seal, I looked, and behold… the sky vanished like a scroll that is being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place. …and the sea was no more”
NEWS ITEM TWO
A massive swarm of locusts plagued Mecca this week, prompting authorities at Islam’s holiest site. C’mon! LOCUSTS!?! What’s more Biblical than THAT?
Excerpt from Revelation 9: “Then from the smoke came locusts on the earth, and they were given power like the power of scorpions of the earth. They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any green plant or any tree, but only those people who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads.”
NEWS ITEM THREE
On Sunday, January 20, people in the Western Hemisphere will be able to experience the only total lunar eclipse of 2019… and it is a particularly SPECIAL one: It will be a super-rare “Super Blood Wolf Moon.” The Moon will appear to be HUGE in the sky, and whatdya know? It will look BLOOD RED!
Excerpt from Revelation 6:12-14: When he opened the sixth seal, I looked, and behold, there was a great earthquake, and …the full moon became like blood“
Excerpt from Revelation 93:12-13: “Then from the North came an unjoyful noise unto The Lord. And he saw it, and it was bad. For the its name was liken to getting one shekel returned, and its sounds were as a thousand vomiting monkeys. And the Lord said: Why should fools have money in hand to buy wisdom, when they are not able to understand it?”
I bought a bunch of water and I am driving out to Utah. So- If the world DOES NOT END on January 20th, I will be REALLY bummed.
I’ve struggled a little bit with September 11th over the years. There have been a couple of times where I have been obsessive about it, going over and over the 9/11 Timeline… and others where I do everything I can to block it out. I am working on it. Still.
Everybody has their September 11th story. A lot of them are what people remember seeing on TV …or the phone call that alerted them to what was happening. The person that told them.
Other stories are of devastating loss or being a witness to true heroics.
My story isn’t especially dramatic or interesting, but I figured I should jot it down while i am still here on this planet. Perhaps it will mean something to someone some day.
I was in a ‘radio dream job’. I was the afternoon host on WXRK (K-ROCK) in New York City. The #1 media market in the country… and My afternoon show was the bookend to our morning show: Howard Stern. I worked with some fantastic and very talented people there. Of course there were also some people who thought they were big stars, and their attitude showed it. BTW: Not Howard. Howard was extremely generous and gracious. So was Robin, Gary.. and especially Fred. Fred is the best!
So it was September 11th: My kid’s first day of first grade. I held his hand as we walked up to the school. I remember… (and i think anyone you talk to who was in NYC that day would mention this).. I remember what an amazingly perfect day in weather it was. Just one of the most beautiful days I had ever seen. Cool, clear, perfectly blue skies. I made sure he had his lunch, kissed him goodbye and headed home.
When I got home the phone was ringing. I picked it up and it was my mom. She asked if I was OK. This was nothing new. If there was a brush fire in Albuquerque, she would call and ask if I was OK. She said a plane had crashed into a building in New York. I told her it was fine, hung up and turned on the TV.
I just couldn’t wrap my head around what was happening. How could someone get off course THAT much that they would crash into the biggest, most obvious building in New York? The TV said it was a small plane, and it was hard to gauge the size of the hole since the building was so dramatically huge. Then I started thinking about what must be…
BOOM! A second plane crashed into the other building. The news anchors thought they were watching another view of the first attack… but to me it was clear. This was a terrorist attack! I sat there stunned for a moment as the realization of what was happening washed over me. I had to get my kid!
I put on my shoes and jacket. I went into the kitchen to pick up my hat and I happened to look at the digital clock on the wall. It was 9:11am. I thought to myself about the coincidence as I opened the apartment door and heard sirens. I didn’t think about the date 9/11. I was thinking about the clock showing ‘911’ – the numbers you call when there is an emergency- and the fact that this huge emergency was going on.
I ran up to the school and went into the office. “I want to pick up my kid and take him home”. The person working the front desk looked confused. I said “You know.. the plane crash? The World Trade Center”?!?
Still confused, she said “You want to take your child out of school because of a PLANE CRASH?”
I did. She told me he would be on the playground at this time of day and it would be difficult to find him with so many children running around. They halfway tried to stop me, but I darted toward the playground and found him. I took his hand and walked back to the office.
I went to the desk. The same woman was still behind the counter, but behind her was the principal who was on the phone. She was saying “Oh my God! Oh my God!” She covered the mouthpiece of the phone and made an announcement to the other staff in the room: “They’ve hit the Pentagon! It’s a terror attack! They said the Whitehouse will be next!” The principal looked at me waiting to sign my kid out. I was the only one there trying to get my kid! She said “Just take him!” .. and I did.
I tried to remain calm and explain to my kid what was happening in a very kid-friendly way. That was difficult, but I didn’t want to lie to him.. and at the same time, I didn’t want to needlessly traumatize him.
We were about halfway between the school and my apartment when a taxi cab with its window rolled down pulled beside us to match our pace. The driver looked at us and I looked back. He appeared to be in complete shock and apparently was just looking for another human being to talk to. He had tears welled up in his eyes as he spoke. “It’s gone! The whole thing is just… GONE!” I must have looked confused. “The whole building is gone! It collapsed! The World Trade Center has collapsed! It doesn’t EXIST anymore!” He sped away.
Between what the cab driver told me and what I heard in the office, I had no idea what to expect next. Are they going to attack the entire city? Are they taking down the entire government? The whole world is falling apart!
After I got back to the apartment I watched the second tower fall on TV.
It was just about a month before that my parents had visited me in New York, and I had taken my dad up to the very top of the World Trade Center. I knew a guy who ran the entire tourist part of the tower. “Windows On The World”. There was a restaurant, a place to but t-shirts and amazing views of New York. I had also been on the very top of the ‘South Tower’ (2 World Trade Center) a few months before that. I was invited by Fred Durst to come up while they filmed a video for the Limp Bizkit song “Rollin'”(which had won an MTV award the night before 9/11) I got to be on top of the helipad at night. It was such an amazing view. And then there was the Red Hot Chili Pepper concert in 1999 that K-ROCK had done on the top floor of the building. So many memories of that place.
Because of my experiences with these buildings, all I could think about was how all of that marble and brass, equipment and offices, cables and furniture, girders and… just all that ‘stuff’ could be reduced to a small pile of rubble. I couldn’t comprehend it. I tried my best not to comprehend the people. I knew several people who worked in those buildings. A friend who worked for the Secret Service, a couple of Organized Crime Dtectives with NYPD… I knew Matt Pinfield had a kid in a nursery there. Then there were the countless people who had just … gone to work that day. Just a normal Tuesday. Get up, shower, go in to work. get ready for that big meeting… and minutes later they are considering how their life will end. I tried to block all this out.
I had to make a few calls to clear the day and find out what responsibilities I needed to take care of. It just so happened that I had recently sold a TV show to MTV. We were supposed to finalize the deal on a conference call that morning. I cancelled. My kid was supposed to have a playdate with a friend to celebrate his birthday that day. Cancelled. I called a car service to see if I could get my family out of the city. The woman at the company explained to me that they had absolutely no cars.. and even if they did, every single bridge and tunnel from Manhattan was now closed. Nobody was going anywhere. And Finally- I had to call in to work. I was just a music “DJ”, but still I worked for CBS and I was a radio host, so I needed to know the scope of my responsibility. I spoke to the Program Director who told me “if I could”, please come in that evening. So I just sat there, answering calls from worried friends and neighbors, and like the rest of America and the rest of the world, watching it all unfold on TV.
Time for me to go to work. I walked there – to the building on 57th street from my apartment on 72nd. The streets were quiet. Less cars and -maybe the only time ever: NO HONKING. I could hear sirens in the distance constantly, and every so often a firetruck or police car from some neighboring county or state would wiz by with lights and sirens. All the way from places like Massachusetts and Connecticut. Every once in a while a US military fighter jet would fly over and you could see everyone within sight flinching simultaneously. I think every single person had some sort of odd and sudden PTSD. The sound of a jet made you think an impact was imminent.
One of the clearest memories I have of that day was when I was walking past a news stand. One of the headlines of one of the papers was something about a Whitney Houston concert. Another headline was about a teacher who – as it turned out – had participated in a bank robbery 30 years ago. Another was about whatever Liv Tyler had worn to an event. I actually said out loud, “Well. We’ll never see headlines like that ever again”. Little did I know we would all hit the ‘snooze button’ and before long headlines about Paris Hilton and Britney Spears would be on the front page.
One other odd thing about my walk to work that day: I was almost to the office, walking along 57th street, when a man in a long brown jacket stepped out from a building and started walking along with me. I glanced up at him. It was Tom Brokaw. Knowing that this man was extremely intelligent, up on world events and had even written history books- I had to say something. “So, Tom. What do you think”? Neither of us looked at each other and we continued our walk, but his reply was immediate and deeply reassuring: “We’ll be alright”.
I got into work and the station was simulcasting the audio from CNN. We had made some quick ‘handshake’ deal with them in order to keep people informed. No music, no hosts. Just CNN all day. The PD gave me my instructions before he let the building: “Tonight, after the president finishes speaking, take us off CNN and start playing music. I’ll get somebody here to relieve you later tonight”.
What SONG do you play in NEW YORK CITY after the President of the United States gives an historic speech about the life-changing terror attacks that had JUST taken place and removed the two largest, most iconic buildings from the Manhattan skyline? I fretted over this for a few minutes and finally decided that there were NO good choices. I picked the only song I could think of that would send the message I wanted to send.
Uncertainty causes fear. The unknown causes fear. There was certainly enough fear to go around in that city that night. So the question becomes- What do you do with that fear? Do you let FEAR control you? Do you let FEAR drive your decisions? We have no idea what tomorrow will be like… or the next day or the next day. Will you let fear decide for you? …or will YOU take the wheel and steer your OWN life?
This is the song I chose.
INCUBUS – “DRIVE”
Sometimes, I feel the fear of uncertainty stinging clear And I can’t help but ask myself how much I’ll let the fear Take the wheel and steer
It’s driven me before And it seems to have a vague, haunting mass appeal But lately I am beginning to find That I should be the one behind the wheel
Whatever tomorrow brings I’ll be there with open arms and open eyes Whatever tomorrow brings I’ll be there, I’ll be there
And it seems to be the way that everyone else gets around But lately I am beginning to find That when I drive myself my light is found
So whatever tomorrow brings I’ll be there with open arms and open eyes Whatever tomorrow brings I’ll be there
I’ve re-watched a few classic movies recently- and it strikes me as odd how many of them contain words that are probably MORE relevant TODAY than at any other time in history!
Maybe you agree… maybe you don’t… but isn’t that the nice thing about AMERICA? We can both love it and want it to succeed for the good of our families… and PEACEFULLY disagree about how we get there!
It is FINE to disagree! And it is CERTAINLY better than anyone who decides to just “sit it out”. You HAVE to stand up for what you believe in! You can do that without hurting other people, or name-calling, causing other people inconvenience or anxiety, belittling anyone and NOT LISTENING! The BEST thing you can do to serve yourself and mankind: PUT YOURSELF IN THE OTHER PERSON’S SHOES for a moment. Feel what they feel. What are their motivations? Are the motivations fear and anger? Or are the motivations hopeful and compassionate? But whatever you do, don’t just sit there.
As JESUS once said:
I know your deeds; you are neither cold nor hot. How I wish you were one or the other! So because you are lukewarm— neither hot nor cold— I am about to vomit you out of My mouth!
Revelation 3:15 & 16
NOW: BACK TO THE MOVIES….
Let’s start with something REALLY old. CHARLIE CHAPLIN in THE GREAT DICTATOR.
A few things to think about while you read this:
Chaplin and Hitler were born within a week of one another and they both had ‘THAT” mustache.
In the film, Chaplin (who plays a Jewish barber) gets mistaken for the Hitler character.
While Hitler was trying to destroy the Jews in Europe, racial segregation was strictly enforced in much of The United States. Because of Jim Crow laws and by custom, blacks couldn’t eat at a restaurant counter along with whites. They couldn’t use the same water fountain or ride in the same part of the bus. The civil rights movement was still in its infancy. There were no laws ensuring voting rights or equal access to jobs and public facilities, and their wouldn’t be for decades.
Released in 1940, this speech still has great meaning today.
‘THE GREAT DICTATOR’ SPEECH
“I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be an emperor. That’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone – if possible – Jew, Gentile – black man – white. We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other’s happiness – not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone. And the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way.
Greed has poisoned men’s souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical. Our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery we need humanity. More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost….
The aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men – cries out for universal brotherhood – for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world – millions of despairing men, women, and little children – victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people.
To those who can hear me, I say – do not despair. The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed – the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish. …..
In the 17th Chapter of St Luke it is written: “the Kingdom of God is within man” – not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you! You, the people have the power – the power to create machines. The power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure.
Then – in the name of democracy – let us use that power – let us all unite. Let us fight for a new world – a decent world that will give men a chance to work – that will give youth a future and old age a security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power. But they lie! They do not fulfill that promise. They never will!
Now let us fight to fulfill that promise! Let us fight to free the world – to do away with greed, with hate and intolerance. Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness. In the name of democracy, let us all unite!”
Another film I would like to explore today: NETWORK
Stuff to know about NETWORK:
It won four Academy Awards
It’s about a news network doing poorly in the ratings until its host (Howard Beale) goes nuts and says he is going to kill himself live on the air. The network USES that for ratings. They let the crazy person on the air so they can get high ratings. It gets WAY crazier than that but it is too much to describe here! Watch the damn movie!
[In my opinion] “NEWS” as we know it was ruined the day the networks started allowing ADVERTISING on it. Having advertisers means you need high ratings. Needing high ratings means doing what audiences react to INSTEAD of REPORTING NEWS. Now we are in a ‘the more shocking the better’ world of News-o-tainment. This movie addresses that and so much more.
Released in 1976, this speech still has great meaning today.
So now- Without further delay, here is
HOWARD BEALE’S “NETWORK” SPEECH
I don’t have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad. It’s a depression. Everybody’s out of work or scared of losing their job. The dollar buys a nickel’s worth. Banks are going bust. Shopkeepers keep a gun under the counter. Punks are running wild in the street and there’s nobody anywhere who seems to know what to do, and there’s no end to it. We know the air is unfit to breathe and our food is unfit to eat, and we sit watching our TVs while some local newscaster tells us that today we had fifteen homicides and sixty-three violent crimes, as if that’s the way it’s supposed to be.
It’s like everything everywhere is going crazy, so we don’t go out anymore. We sit in the house, and slowly the world we are living in is getting smaller, and all we say is: ‘Please, at least leave us alone in our living rooms. Let me have my toaster and my TV and my steel-belted radials and I won’t say anything. Just leave us alone.’
Well, I’m not gonna leave you alone. I want you to get MAD! I don’t want you to protest. I don’t want you to riot – I don’t want you to write to your congressman, because I wouldn’t know what to tell you to write. I don’t know what to do about the depression and the inflation and the Russians and the crime in the street. All I know is that first you’ve got to get mad. You’ve got to say: ‘I’m a human being, god-dammit! My life has value!’
So, I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window. Open it, and stick your head out, and yell: ‘I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not gonna take this anymore!’
Things have got to change. But first, you’ve gotta get mad!…You’ve got to say, ‘I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not gonna take this anymore!’ Then we’ll figure out what to do about the depression and the inflation and the oil crisis. But first, get up out of your chairs, open the window, stick your head out, and yell, and say it: ‘I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not gonna take this anymore!’
ONE LAST NOTE
…from the Independence Day speech:
“We can’t be consumed by our petty differences anymore. We will be united in our common interests. You will once again be fighting for our freedom… Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution… but from annihilation. We are fighting for our right to live. To exist.
We will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight! We’re going to live on! We’re going to survive!”
Don’t you just HATE people who are think they are SO entitled. They don’t need to follow the rules like the rest of us. That’s for CHUMPS! Well, my friends, that is why instant karma, instant justice and REVENGE are all SO SWEET~! Remember:
CRIME DOESN’T PAY
…and enjoy these videos that will lift your spirit this holiday season!
We’re as MAD AS HELL and we’re not gonna take it anymore!