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Was Tolkien trying to reveal something about absolute power in his epic writings, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit? Something maybe even predictive about where the world is headed many years later?
While I really appreciated the books a lot more than the Hollywood rendition, in both cases the story line reveals something about what the ring unmistakably symbolized - absolute power, how intoxicating it is, how alluring, and how it possesses the wearer in progressive stages, a little more and a little more every time he makes use of it. Until it ruins him, as in the case of Gollum who could not do without his “Precious.”
Thus the only sensible solution is to destroy it.
I recently watched the movie series again, and there was no mistaking the lesson, as to how destructive the pursuit of riches and power really is, especially absolute power. The ring’s dark inscription was “one ring to rule them all.”
One might ask, is not the current “power” direction essentially one first of all of deceit via much propaganda? Consequently, it may be said, “One ring to fool them all, before we rule them all.” Are we seeing a convergence of many major world powers and potentates, all vying for the position of being the “ring master” (head of the circus?) who rules them all. Who are the players? What do they really represent on the world stage? What’s the agenda here? These are questions we should all be asking, and then keeping our eyes up and being alert.
Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Men are corrupt in their hearts, and power over others can have an intoxicating effect.
What puzzles me is that, when these films first came out, strung across several years, many people were practically idolizing this ring although its inscription is a dark one, purchasing models of it, and wearing it on their persons. These were not all children or young people, but adults as well! People who say they do not stand for tyranny. Yet they were quite willing to wear something that symbolized it. Why would anyone even want to identify with an oppressive idea like that, unless the idea itself found a place to hook into them?
I’d like to think it was because they wanted to identify with the quest of destroying it in Mount Doom. But I tend to be a bit skeptical of human trendiness.
Food for thought. Indeed, “One ring to fool them all, before we rule them all.” And how easily we can be fooled. It is so much easier to present a pretty idea without the messiness of firing a shot, or starting wars where possible - if people can first be charmed into submission, and compliance with dominance can be achieved with flattering speeches, empty promises, and trinkets.
Take a really good hard look at what’s going on in the world, an honest one. Look at trendy trends, like the foregoing. What precipitates them? What’s unfolding across the world afterwards? Were we warned, threatened? What effects are they subtly planting in people’s noggins, these lovely little fads? We know that Hollywood is a propaganda mill, and that much coming out of it is perfectly timed, very calculated, and not by accident.
My thought on it is that we were given a message packaged as entertainment, when it may well be calculated entrainment. The ring represents a very alluring but dark idea, pulling along many into its vortex - if they have little discernment or ability to view entertainment with a critical eye.
Good stories aren’t written with no point to them other than to “entertain” people. Especially with the effort put into the creation of this story, as well as its film follow-ups. Perhaps thinking and analysis don’t rate very highly on the list as ways we can be entertained. When it’s all about thrills and feelings and purchasing rings with darkly occult messages on them to amuse ourselves, then we may have already marked ourselves as easy targets for those who seek absolute power: the one ring to first fool them all, before it is revealed as the one ring to rule them all.
...global-ism, new world order-ism, communism, fascism, nazi-ism, corporate-ism, socialism (or "communism light", as in "light" beer or "near" beer, not quite full strength)... call it what you want. It's the same old "Luciferian World Order" that's been in place since the beginning. Some political and religious leaders like to call it "new" world order, so as to fool people who have swallowed the blue pill of a shady narrative of history. The religious (popes, priests, prelates, preachers, or pew sitters) who buy in like to call Jesus the first communist, or try to give that impression.
Not. One. Bit.
Any way you cut it, any of these forms of totalitarianism is a philosophy of godlessness and ungodliness, spitting in the face of God the Father, Christ the Son, the Holy Spirit, and those called by His name. These philosophies of men are patently and unabashedly atheist. Therefore, they have nothing in common with Christianity. (By that I do not mean "religiosity.") They are the enemies of God, Christianity, and humanity in general. Therefore we are admonished as Christ followers, "Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership can righteousness have with wickedness? Or what fellowship does light have with darkness?" 2 Corinthians 6:14.
The Blood bought and Holy Spirit begotten are, after all, what the new world order hates. If you embrace their agenda (and/or its new age one world religion), and call yourself a Christian you are either deceived, uninformed, or have not been born again of the Holy Spirit, or some combination of all of these. It doesn't matter how "religious" you are. At best you suffer from a serious case of cognitive dissonance and a serious lack of spiritual discernment.
The so called new world order has no place among Christians, some of whom (usually nominal, left liberal leaning politically), for some reason, get atheistic totalitarianism confused with an unique outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the first century church, where they held all things in common. See Acts 4:32 and context. However, no one was standing over their heads with a totalitarian baseball bat, demanding that they submit or else. That's one big difference. That first Christian community was not fooled and ruled by any external ideology of the world. That already existed under severe Roman domination, so they already knew what life was like under an imperial, Christ hating regime. They knew the difference between the two.
1 John 5:19 informs us that the whole world lies under the power of the evil one. His game is and always was global domination. He is also a deceiver and the father of lies, who has no place in Christ Jesus, or among His people. There's nothing "new" under the sun, including the brave new world order. (I refuse to even dignify that, or any of its other descriptors, by capital letters.)
The world is ever so weary of the experimentations of these various fascist m.o.'s and of their little potentates, none of which has ever succeeded in the glorious promised utopia. They worked quite well however at this: bringing about the demise of individual creativity and ingenuity, entrepreneurial endeavors, the ability to become fully human (restoration in Christ), the destruction of the traditional family consisting of one man and one woman and their children, morality, and the rule of law. Eventually any of the forms of totalitarianism destroyed every culture or civilization where they were either wholeheartedly embraced, or their peoples were deceived or bullied to comply, and then easily became complicit with it. Every good thing God ever intended for humankind was abolished in lands where these devil begotten philosophies were embraced or forced.
So, now we are on the brink of a global fascist state - the breakdown of the entire free world. The USA is the last bastion of the free world. This is why "they" are trying so hard through infiltration and every deception to bring her down.
We are offered redemption by the Blood of the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ - who set us free from sin, death, and the power of the evil one. To receive His gifts and to live in Him is to come into the freedom for which He set us free - from sin, death, and the power of the evil one (which is what every totalitarian state and philosophy represents).
We need to wise up and pray, understand what the Holy Scriptures actually reveal, and rediscover who we are in Christ Jesus, and what that means. We are invited to ask for wisdom from the Holy Spirit, to understand how to navigate the waters of the New Year 2018 and beyond. See James 1:5.
And let us never forget that there is a way through and out of this darkness: "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14.
Time for a game changer! Could it be that one is already in progress - one that is already in process of taking down that which has for too long been in place oppressing and enslaving humanity? No wonder so much corruption is being exposed, some of it vile beyond belief - so that we can all see clearly who or what has maintained the upper hand for far too long.
Therefore, "Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving." Colossians 4:2.
Psalm 54:4,7 (Amplified Version). “Behold, God is my helper and ally; the Lord is my upholder and is with them who uphold my life… For He has delivered me out of every trouble, and my eye has looked [in triumph] on my enemies.”
There is so much in the way of happenstance in these times which is used so powerfully against so many people. It seems that we are surrounded by so many adversaries and so much adversity! However, the agenda is and always has been to undermine the truth that God is, that He is in control, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (See Hebrews 11:6).
Scripture states great truth which helps us to affirm our faith with beautiful and encouraging statements such as those from the Psalm stated above. We certainly live in days when our faith can be easily undermined. So in order to find the encouragement we need to move forward each day, we ought to take time to daily pray and meditate on God’s Word - which is a means of transmitting His grace to us through His perspectives. Without this time spent with Him, life can seem pretty bleak and hopeless! Spending time in God’s Word has the effect of transforming our thinking and worldview, as the Lord Himself reassures our hearts by His Spirit working through His word.
We come forward from such meditations in His word with the assurance that He reigns sovereignly over all that is - the entirety of His creation which is His workmanship in every aspect. We see that we can put our trust in the One Who is truly rightly named The Lord The Almighty. Indeed we must put our trust in Him, for “… without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him, for whoever would come near to God must (necessarily) believe that God exists and that He is the Rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him (out).” (Hebrews 11:6)
If we do not avail ourselves of Scriptural truth, expectantly and consistently, then we cannot anticipate much more than what news sources of all sorts throw at us - which is largely very dark and depressing content. This writer also admittedly has been often guilty of too much time spent “exploring” what’s happening in the world, who is behind it, and then passing it on. (News seems to have replaced the whodunit novel!) Honest analysis of news content reveals that seldom will we find that anyone offers any real and lasting solutions!
Yet we wind up passing news along because we care deeply about what happens to our loved ones, our country, and our world, in a well intentioned yet misguided attempt to provide perspectives.
But is this continual emphasis on the bad news what’s needed, or could we use some “truth therapy” instead, some real honest to goodness Good News?
Yes, while the pressures of the advance of a sinister agenda are enormous and seem to be ever pushing forward, a sense of hopelessness at times is unavoidably overwhelming, since there does not seem to be a “fix” that lasts on any human level. However, should we keep staring into the darkness of these finite views, or “behold” God’s assessment on our reality?
Might it not be better to confess and testify to what God says - that He is my helper and ally, and that He not only upholds me, but also those who uphold my life? That is an exciting thought which can take us to another level entirely, if we will but pause for a moment to actually ponder well something we often don’t think about. We often take His provision at this higher level for granted! But this is what we ought to be looking at all the time.
Who are those who “cover our six”, who uphold our life, but the vast host of heaven, powerful beyond our comprehension and wildest imagination? Although unseen by us, these angelic beings were created by our Heavenly Father to minister to, protect, and serve His sons and daughters in Jesus Christ. These duties they tirelessly and lovingly perform at all times without ceasing. There are also myriad departed saints, named and unnamed, who also in Christ pray for all who comprise the “beloved of the Beloved” (the body of Christ). In other words “all the company of heaven” tend relentlessly to their duties above on behalf of those who are inheriting salvation on earth. (See Hebrews 1:14)
Spectacular events are happening right now on our behalf in the heavens above us. Perhaps (this is just speculation on my part) we are kept from an awareness of this for the most part, for if we could see the intense spiritual warfare the goes on all around us between the sinister forces and the hosts of the Lord on our behalf, we would not be able to live our lives and do what we need to do day to day. It would overwhelm us.
Yet Colossians 3:2 encourages us to set our minds on the things above - on those higher things already set in motion on behalf of our temporal and eternal wellbeing. Focusing on the world’s troubles is sure to bring us into a down spiraling direction headed for defeat. Why go there when the very next verse informs us that our life is hidden with Christ in God? Wow! Does it get any better than that spiritually?
In practical terms here’s what I glean from this. Too much emphasis on the bad news is not a good idea. I can no longer keep up with who’s who, for example, in the revolving door presidential administration. The whole world of politics and events is like a maelstrom! And if you hang out in the rigging, you’ll get all tangled up in it and washed overboard without a doubt. (Actually it is the doubt that you are with that washes you overboard, come to think of it.)
Even King David provides a very practical example of something you’d think a great king would never say, “O LORD, my heart is not proud, nor my eyes haughty; Nor do I involve myself in great matters, or in things too difficult for me. Surely I have composed and quieted my soul; Like a weaned child rests against his mother, My soul is like a weaned child within me." (Psalm 131:1,2)
Certainly, since the king was a man after God’s own heart, we might want to heed this in our own puny estate. Shouldn’t kings be in the know about everything? Maybe not, if they are surrendered to the Spirit of God and trusting fully in His leading in all things. If they’re wise they will see that the devil is in the details!
We have “journalists” of all sorts, from the 7 figure a year suits in the media, all the way down to the blue jean clad “citizen journalists” making videos on their cell phones from their vehicles. While this is commendable as far as freedom of speech goes, after awhile - with this plethora of persons all vying for more clicks and monetization on You Tube - one begins to wonder, who’s really behind them? Are they for real, or is it some kind of dark script whereby these seemingly innocent individuals are being used to demoralize and discourage many people, perhaps without even realizing it?
The bottom line is that everyone is proclaiming how awful it is or is about to get, but no one is offering any solutions, except to “make others aware” of how awful it is! Could this, by some twist - because the serpent is the most subtle - be simply part of a spin on what he wants us to see as his reality?
It comes to a point, my dear Watson, where one must go to the highest truth, where we acknowledge the spectacle of the activity of angels and saints in Christ Above, who serve the One Who is far, far greater than he who promotes what appears to be unleashed against the world and against us who dwell here below.
The fact is that the serpent has been cornered, not us! All he’s got is that he is a master of illusion. Illusion along with distraction may be the two greatest ploys used to pull our focus away from the centrality of the Cross, for it was through the Cross on Golgotha (the place of the skull), that the serpent’s head was utterly crushed!
What we need to do is think, speak, and live in terms of Christ’s already accomplished victory, not cowering at every newsy note. We overcome the deceiver and liar by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony! So we must ask ourself, Am I confessing defeat or victory, lies or truth, deception or clarity with what I share?
Overcoming the lies of the father of lies comes by way of affirming and attesting to the fact that the old evil foe’s power was long ago dismantled on that hill far away by the Prince of Peace and Truth Himself, Jesus Christ - crucified on that cross, Who crushed the serpent’s head! This will never be undone, and the gates of hell shall never prevail against those who are called by His name.
This is not to say that horrific events may unfold, or that they are not real. But the question is, do I allow that to determine my reality, or do I trust in the truth of what God’s Word says about me in Jesus Christ? And that takes us right back to the opening thought of this meditation, “Behold, God is my helper and ally; the Lord is my upholder and is with them who uphold my life… For He has delivered me out of every trouble, and my eye has looked [in triumph] on my enemies.”
What a magnificent song of praise to contemplate, for so it is! Amen.
PS: Are we there yet? ”But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the Judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks better than the blood of Abel.” (Hebrews 12:22-24)
What a neighborhood is this place He has prepared for us! Can it be any better than this?
While engaged in morning prayers for needs and concerns personal, familial, and political, I was impressed with the thought that it is increasingly important for Christians to "Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving." Colossians 4:2.
This was also coupled with the idea that prayer - our hotline directly to God, made available through Jesus Christ - must never be given up, in spite of circumstances, in spite of everything our senses tell us, in spite of our perceptions of what is going on in life or in the world, or in spite of our mind's interpretation of those perceptions. Never ever give up on prayer - even in the face of doubt, fear, or the illusion of hopelessness. ...
These "feelings" will come! These perceptions will make it seem in every way as if the Lord has forsaken this planet. But this is precisely the time we must not give up on prayer. We have to see by faith beyond these things, into the holy vision of salvation that God provides for us through Jesus Christ.
Thus it behooves us to devote ourselves to the practice of prayer, keep alert, and in spite of what we perceive, to honor the Lord with praise and thanksgiving.
When we are devoting ourself to prayer, and keeping our minds and hearts attuned with the mind of Christ by meditating on Holy Scripture, praying them, we will find ourself in a space of peace that transcends circumstances and ordinary comprehensions.
In prayer we are not simply giving vent to some tepid, humanistic centered evaporating hope. For when we pray we are calling on Abba Father to send forth all the faithful host of heaven on behalf of a world ransomed from darkness by the blood of Christ! These angelic hosts are far more powerful than the adversary who besieges us with accusing thoughts, great temptation to wickedness, self centered concerns, and the physical situations contrived by those in league with the dark side.
There are also actual spiritual attacks on the part of the demonic realms called forth by humans who invoke such things! Let us get past the idea that this is not real!
But truth be told, the forces of darkness have no legitimate authority here. When we pray, as we stand in Christ, we are exposing and dismantling the agendas and influence of darkness.
Here is what also needs to be understood: The host of heavenly angelic warriors may actually have some challenges breaking through enemy lines. (That may seem surprising, but please go to Daniel 10:10 and verses surrounding this account for further insight.)
So it is all the more needed that we are faithful and continual in prayer during times when we may not be perceiving breakthrough. We are calling forth - through petitioning Abba Father in the name of Jesus Christ - our most powerful allies in the cosmic spiritual realm in these last days! In this we are one with Christ Jesus in heavenly places - the interceding Great High Priest, and the priesthood of all who are in Him at the all powerful right hand of the Father.
Prayer is thus a mighty privilege not as well understood as it ought to be. It may be said that it is learned through its practice. Prayer is the very work of the Church - the house of prayer, those who are of one heart and mind with Christ in the understanding of the outworking of salvation.
So let us pray for the Spirit of holy prayer, and the understanding of its importance, and then be diligent about our Father’s business.