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October 4, 2016

Black Horse Chronicle, October 4th

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1. The books of the prophets tell always the tale of what men inflict upon themselves. God does not send the woes, does not cause the woes, but allows the woes. Why God allows the woes is the great Mystery. It seems the great conundrum of the human journey, why it’s always been possible for a mere handful of the wicked to direct the great multitude against all their natural tendencies to neighborness and cooperation. This is the eternal conundrum neither theology nor secular political theory have been able to solve. Yet the solution is the key to the ecological renaissance, revolution, restoration, and redemption. The only thing clear is that this solution requires a spiritual great leap and breaking free. Nothing we can know using the names and marks of Babylon can avail.
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2. God does not send the woes, but he does send the inner strength and the great aspirations and helps articulate the themes and ideas and plans and helps reinforce the will to act, all to the help of anyone who has faith in the cycles of life, the logic of history, and the grace of God. Therefore God sent himself Incarnated as Jesus Christ, and therefore Jesus in turn suffused us with the Holy Spirit. This Spirit is the medium of all the graces sent by God, requiring only that we accept the grace of faith to activate the rest. Thus the Holy Spirit suffuses us always, as it suffuses and is concurrent with the entire ecology. And Jesus himself remains with us always.
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(3. Nor does this exclude the modes of God’s revelation through other cultures. God is manifold. His graces come in many styles. We all swim amid the same Spirit, but call it by many names.)
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4. This must be known, for as things are humanity has become completely bottlenecked, log-jammed, while we and the Earth are under the most dire assault which designs our total death.
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5. Yet though the power that assails us is vast, the prime cause of our paralysis is our inability to think. Not only are we mired in the slough of despond, but we struggle languidly in the quicksand of confusion. The beast himself is not so powerful, but we seem helpless confronted by the second beast who conjures with nothing but “the image of the beast” and “does great wonders” through his “power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. And he causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” (Revelation 13) Our minds are captive entire of the mirage of Babylon. “Your merchants were the great men of the earth; for by your sorceries were all nations deceived.” (Revelation 18)
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6. All this is the work of the second beast, the propagandist, the great orchestrator of mass media. The beast is nothing, the image of the beast murders our bodies and souls.
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7. The only night has been in the benighted minds of men, and the only paralysis is the poisoning of the mind. But as another prophet wrote, “All things are ready once our minds be so.”
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8. The first step is to renounce all we’ve been told to know, for it is a passel of mistakes. Free our minds, and we shall unleash our souls.
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9. The road is hard and full of tribulation. Jesus warns how difficult and painful it may become in Babylon, in Matthew 10, and Mark 13, and Luke 12 and 14, and elsewhere. Indeed such trials, for the good people, are worse than the extremities of persecution by an enemy.
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10. But in the same word He also encourages us, “My yoke is easy, but my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:30) When once we have freed ourselves of the blinders, the hardest part of the job is done, for then the rest can begin. The Spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. It is weak in the mind.
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11. Thus our great foe is not the awesome strength of a monster, but the thin and faltering image of a beast thrown up by a “second beast”, a “false prophet” (Rev 19:20), a flunkey. The first beast barely exists, and its image can be dispersed by the whisper from the wings of a butterfly. This comes the moment we cease to believe in what is false.
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12. “For the want of a nail the kingdom was lost.” For the want of worship of its image, the beast shall be killed, and the devil’s kingdom shall be lost.
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13. And God extends to us the nail of faith and ideas to shod ourselves, unto victory in the battle and the rescue of the kingdom, the consummation of the New Heaven and Earth. The broadest arcs already span the sky in all colors and all the creatures of the creation sing. All things are ready once our minds be so.
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