|“Woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the Sabbath day; For there shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.”|
If this “great tribulation” refers to 70 AD (and I’m convinced that it does) then the focus on the 20th century “holocaust” that suggests that particular tribulation is the greatest of all Jewish tribulations is unbiblical. Such a 20th century focus also does the work of minimizing the reason for this “great tribulation” of AD 70 that was found in the just punishment of the Jews for their crime in the crucifixion of the Christ and replaces it with a focus on the putative innocence of the Jews at the hands of those reported to have been Christians.
That what God calls “The great tribulation” as recompense for the Jewish crime of the slaughter of their Messiah has been the standard reading of Scripture up until the second half of the 20th century.
Many respected exegetes and theologians throughout history married this promised “great tribulation” as consequence to deicide just as they married the self-maledictory oath of Mat 27:25,
‘Then all the people answered and said, Let His blood be on us and on our children.’
with the blood of 1.1 million deaths in AD 70 at the hands of the Roman Armies.
Evidence of this connecting of AD 70 with the Jewish self-maledictory oath as standard Christian interpretation is seen in the examples below,
C.H. Spurgeon (1834-1892), wrote,
‘For there shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.”
Read the record written by Josephus of the destruction of Jerusalem, and see how truly our Lord’s words were fulfilled. The Jews impiously said, concerning the death of Christ, “His blood be on us, and on our children.” Never did any other people invoke such an awful curse upon themselves, and upon no other nation did such a judgment ever fall. We read of Jews crucified till there was no more wood for making crosses; of thousands of the people slaying one another in their fierce faction fights within the city; of so many of them being sold for slaves that they became a drug in the market, and all but valueless; and of the fearful carnage when the Romans at length entered the doomed capital; and the blood-curdling story exactly bears out the Savior’s statement uttered nearly forty years before the terrible events occurred.’
And again in the pages of the Geneva Study Bible,
‘The destruction of Jerusalem was more terrible than anything that the world has ever witnessed, either before or since. Even Titus seemed to see in his cruel work the hand of an avenging God.’ (Commentary on Matthew, p. 412-413).
Matthew Henry offers,
“The Jews’ curse upon themselves has been awfully answered in the sufferings of their nation.”
If this reading is accurate then when we read in
Matthew 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
it informs us that the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70 was a greater tribulation than what is called today, “The Holocaust.”
“Wearing a mask is patriotic”
President Orwell Trump
“War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength”
Three Slogans of Orwell’s “Ministry of Truth”
With each passing day we slide further and further into the labyrinth of doublespeak; that linguistic form of the Hegelian dialectic where in one sentence it is possible to construct the thesis, antithesis, and synthesis, and that without blushing. Why say something particular in a sentence when one can say everything at the same time in a sentence?
So, per the latest doublespeak above “wearing a mask is patriotic,” when in point of fact wearing a mask is the height of dumbassery. Of course the very idea of doublespeak is that it can only work on a population that is characterized by the quality of dumbassery. Where people actually understand ratiocination, reason, and basic logic doublespeak cannot gain traction. Trump has nothing to worry about though as it has been scores of decades since people in America, generally speaking, weren’t dumb-asses.
It doesn’t matter that there is not one RCT (random control trial) experiment that shows that masks stop the spread of respiratory viruses. In fact 14 studies show that they do not work. No science has determined that masks can keep the spread down. You have been told that masking might save your sorry dumb ass but there are no scientific studies that show this. Newsflash — Viruses are not filtered out by a mask.
Some people want to say that masks stop the stuff spewed forth through the coughs and sneezes of sick person. However, a sick person coughing and sneezing inside a mask is still spreading viral sickness to those around them. As such sick people should stay home and yes, if they absolutely must go out –mask up. However, healthy people have no need to mask up, because they are healthy.
A little secret that all the fear-mongering hasn’t told is that virus can escape through masks, just as mosquitoes can fly through chain links fences raised by morons who think that chain link fences might stop mosquitoes from getting on their property. Just as cauldron can stop your macaroni but can’t stop the water so a mask can stop bacteria but it can’t stop viruses. Am I going to fast here?
In short a virus will escape through patriotic super-man mask with the result that those who knew they were safe because Christians were loving their neighbors by wearing their dumb-ass masks can still get sick. Just imagine these morons with a 104 temp moaning … “But I wasn’t anywhere where people were not wearing masks.”
Now, for those like my former brother-in-law who used to carry around with him, wherever he went, a can of Lysol to disinfect the silverware at the restaurant we might be eating at, if you’re really concerned about the virus give up on the doublespeak and do the following.
Good hand-washing and hygiene are what you should be obsessive compulsive focusing on. If you are that concerned about the virus that you think everyone should wear a mask then there are things you should be doing to protect yourself. You should completely shower your whole body and launder your clothes every single time you are out in public. Wipe down your cell phone, your purse, and everything you brought home. Wipe down the seat of your car that you sat in after going in and out of stores. Then put on a hazmat suit as you view the latest episode of “No Brains Here.”
Further, masks should not be touched or handled. They should be trashed or laundered every time they are removed and should be removed by handling only the earpiece. If you touch the face part of it (whether when wearing it or taking it off or storing it) you have just contaminated yourself and if you don’t wash your hands you contaminate everything you touch. At that point, you the mask wearer, become the vector for disease spread. Hand-washing after removal of a mask is imperative.
So you see dumb-ass mask wearer the mask is not saving the day. The mask is not preventing you from getting sick. The mask is not saving the life of your 80 year old Granny. However, none of what I have told you matters does it? No, you’ve convinced yourself by your constant quaffing of the propaganda that you are being both patriotic and the kind of Christian that Jeebuz loves.
The mention of “Christian” reminds me that you’re also being told by your clergy to “mask up” because in such a way you can prove you love Jesus and your neighbor. Of course that’s just more dumbassery with an ecclesiastical twist. Speaking, as someone with inside information on the relation between dumbassery and clergy I can tell you after being around the clergy all my life in the closest of settings that most clergy are the pace setters when it comes to being a dumbass. If you love your souls don’t believe your clergy on much of anything. These are people who have one very narrow field of knowledge and even in that one very narrow field they only know what they know by way of the abstract. Their ability to concretely apply what they know in the abstract is close enough to nill to not bother to notice the difference.
As it pertains to you dumbass mask wearers — not that you care — but all the the masking mandates do is condition you to accept the coming vaccine and the contact tracing regimen. Let me spell this out for all those who are yelling at me and mine to put on their masks; all you are doing is making the next transition to the next Governmental imposition easier. One will soon hear from you dumbass sheep who are embracing this masquerade as you bleat and yell at those who don’t speak double-speak “just get the damned shot” and “take the tracking tattoo.”
Honestly, I couldn’t care less if warning after warning you decide to be assimilated, however, at the very least you could quit yelling your dumb-ass masking shibboleths at me and mine.
Maybe if I try some of my own double-speak on you it might work. “Not wearing the masks, is wearing the masks,” or, “the grosser the mask the better it works,” or, “the stupid are not in danger of getting sick.”
“Beginning and ending with man, there is pessimism. Why? Because man is fallen. He is in rebellion against God, refusing to bow to God and purporting to even be God. Thus, beginning and ending with man, there can only be a compounding of evil, and matters can only wax ever worse…. The bad new, however, gets worse. As a consequence of having abandoned the supernatural and, if only inadvertently, absolutizing this age, what we will witness is death on a whole sale basis as a way of so called, “life.” That is what we have witnessed during the past century. We are so immunized against death that we have come to accept it without comment though millions and millions and millions and millions and millions and millions of people have been put to death in the name of applied social science.
That leads us, ultimately, to pessimism and despair. Ah, but the Biblical Christian is highly and eternally optimistic, in the best sense of that term. Why? Because the Biblical Christian has good news.”
Dr. Glenn R. Martin
1.) The failures of the 20th -21st centuries are theological failures. The deaths of the million Christian Armenians at the hand of the Muslim Turks, the death of hundreds of millions of Christians by the Communist Russians, the deaths of millions of Jews, Slavs, and Gypsies by the National Socialist Germans, the deaths of hundreds of millions of Chinese under Communist Mao, the almost complete destruction of the Khmer people by the Communist in Cambodia, the untold slaughter of Cubans by Castro Communism, and the tens of millions of deaths at the hands of American Humanists in abortuaries throughout this country have all been torture, murder and death pursued because of faulty theology.
Bad theology kills people.
2.) Sound theology requires our first and last consideration to be the God of the Bible. Should we ever start with man as our first consideration then man becomes our ultimate principle and eventually man, over the course of time, will become absolutized, and so will begin to put other men to death in the name of applied social science and with the best of intentions. If you want to make an omelet, you have to break some eggs.
3.) Scripture says, speaking of Wisdom (and the Lord Christ is Wisdom incarnate), “All those who hate me love death.” As Dr. Martin notes, the West has embraced death as seen in,
a.) Our dwindling birthrates — to the point we no longer are at replacement levels
b.) Our habits of abortion and euthanasia,
c.) Our immigration rates, which are working to replace us as a definitive people
Now as if this were not bad enough, the West is doing this dance with death, and as Martin notes, is calling it the very essence of life.
Isaiah 5:20 — “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.”
When we strike out at God (and that is what the West has been doing since the French Philosophes) the result is that we kill ourselves.
4.) The “absolutizing of this age” that Martin speaks of is key. What has happened is that this age is being driven by worldview assumptions that are not Biblical. Yet, what the Church has done, by absolutizing this age, is that it has reintepreted Biblical Christianity through the grid of this present age with the result that the tenets of Cultural Marxism (the Theology informing this age) are now identified as the tenets of Biblical Christianity. That is how “absolutizing this age” happens. The result of this is that now Christian ministers, usually quite unaware of what they are doing, are committed to “helping” their people fit into this present absolutized age when what they should be doing is aiding their people in seeing that this present absolutized age stands in defiance to and rebellion against the God of the Bible and His Biblical Christianity.
5.) Martin’s beef against “applied social science,” refers to how the West has been conquered by various strands of the humanist Social Sciences like “neo-orthodox theology,” “Boasian Cultural Anthropology,” “Marxist Economics,” “Freudian – Rogerian – Skinnerian, etc. Psychology,” “Spencerian – Durkheimian – Webberian, etc.” Sociology, the “Legal Positivism” of men like Christopher Columbus Langdell and Oliver Wendell Holmes, the “Educational Theory” of men like Dewey, Rugg, and others, and The Logical Positivism of the Vienna circle passing as Philosophy. More of the applied social sciences could be listed but you get the gist.
Martin’s problem with the applied social sciences, as exampled above, was that they all were products of differing humanist theologies that were at war with Biblical Christian theology. Martin understood that the humanist applied social sciences were killing us as a people precisely because the applied social sciences, though passing themselves as being the very definition of enlightenment, were in fact, but the dust of death. Martin understood and taught that these social sciences desperately needed reinterpreted through a Biblical grid and his reward for his brilliance was often the back of the hand from his intellectually inferior colleagues.
6.) We should on the optimistic note that Martin ended on. The Biblical Christian can remain optimistic because he knows that God is Sovereign and he has good news for those who desire to be delivered from the humanist applied social science house of death. The Biblical Christian, armed with God’s truth, can stand against the humanist social sciences that are killing us, as a people, and can say “this is the way of the abundant life, walk ye in it.” The Biblical Christian, armed with God’s truth, can say to those weary of the culture of death as built by the practitioners of the applied social sciences, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.”
Praise God for the life of Glenn R. Martin.
Jesus in John 4, Himself was quite clear that the Samaritans were more dull than the men of Israel as far as knowledge of the true God was concerned.
“You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews.” John 4:22
Jesus said this even though His own brethren would be repeatedly in unbelief throughout the history of Israel. Despite that the generalization that Jesus gives here is still true; Jesus and His people historically knew the true God better than the Samaritans did.
Note also that by today’s standards Jesus Christ is being demeaning to “you Samaritans.” He is saying that in terms of knowing about worship that Jesus and His people were superior to the Samaritans. One might even call it “Judah Supremacism,” as Jesus “Otherizes” the Samaritan.
Slightly alter Jesus words to the Samaritan woman to this arrangement and put it into the mouth of a White European,
“You Africans and Chinese worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for the message of salvation is historically from the White Europeans.”
Suddenly, by today’s insane standard such words would be considered “racist,” despite it being every bit as true as Jesus words. But that is because people are dull in their ignorance of divine sovereignty, and envious of those whom God has blessed much more.
This is not the only time Jesus would be accused of “racist” as measured by modern standards.
We need to remember another case where Jesus was “racist” against a different Samaritan. This is the Samaritan who returned in faith after Jesus healed him;
“There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger?” (Lk. 17:18)
The word ‘stranger’ there in the Greek is *allogenes*, which is a word the blends *allos* (other) and *genos* (race). It literally means “one of another race”.
Jesus commits the racist sin of “noticing” race. There is no sense in which that pericope can be taken which would not today be condemned as ‘racist’.
And of course the best example of Jesus “racism,” is found in Matthew 15:26 but as I’ve written on that elsewhere, I’ll let the reader just look it up and figure it out for themselves.
It was 1860. The Thomas Mitchell family was gathered at the Mitchell small farm. Mitchell was a yeoman farmer who had done better than most yeoman farmers and yet was by no means of the plantation class. His children and grandchildren were gathered with him on this Saturday. Tomorrow was a big day for the Mitchell family as the two newest grandchildren were being baptized at the 1st Presbyterian church in Columbia SC. Thomas was enjoying all the grandchildren busy about his feet. The oldest of the 12 grandchildren was 6 and while the youngest three were still at their Mother’s breast. God has blessed Thomas beyond his ability to understand God’s goodness. Not only was there the grandchildren but there was also the fact that all of his adult children and their spouses loved Christ and shared a Christian worldview. There was nothing more pleasing for Thomas to look across his small farm and see his grandchildren playing all the while discussing what was on the horizon for his family, his community, and his people.
Despite Thomas’ satisfaction with God’s blessings on his family still his mind was troubled… deeply troubled. It was apparent to all that a civil war was descending on his household. His children and grandchildren would not remain untouched by what Thomas feared was coming. So, while he was genuinely thankful for God’s blessing he knew that the storm clouds that had long gathered were about to let loose. What would happen to his family?
His son and sons-in-law were fighting men’s age. All three of them were armed to the teeth in the expectation of the hot civil war. Already the cold part of the civil war had begun and the temperature continued to rise.
There were reports of potential slave risings on several of the plantations. The slaves had taken up the motto of “Slaves Lives Matter,” and it had become a bit of a talisman that one could hear whispered among the slaves. There were even rumors that the international banking interest was secretly funding those provoking a slave revolt.
So, on this Saturday before the Lord’s day Thomas’ mind was a mix. Rejoicing in his family, but aware of the hatred of the seed of the serpent was all around he and his.
His adult children didn’t understand. Perhaps because they had more faith. Perhaps because with much learning comes much sorrow. Thomas Mitchel knew his history. He read closely on the French Revolution. He knew that in 1860 what was descending on his family was merely part II to the original production in Paris and all of France. He knew of the bloodshed. He knew of the cruel and sadistic treatment of the Revolutionaries against the Vendee — both dead and living — once they were finally conquered. He had nightmares where the guillotine terrorized him in his sleep. He knew the ultimate goal was to remove the Christian faith from the face of the earth. What would happen, not only to his family, but also the Christian families of his neighbors?
And it didn’t help that when he visited his family in the North so much of the Yankee clergy believed that “something needed to be done about those racist Southerners,” who weren’t buying all that was behind the motto of “Slaves Lives Matter.” Already free blacks in Northern cities were agitating by pulling down statues of Andrew Jackson and Columbus while demanding that Lincoln take Fredrick Douglas as his VP candidate. The free black voice had gained a real foothold in the Republican party.
Thomas was musing on all this when he heard his wife, Jane, call him for the evening meal. They gathered around the table, his three children, their spouses, Thomas and Jane and their 12 Grandchildren. Thomas gave thanks for God’s blessings. Thanked God for the Baptisms tomorrow. Thanked God for the careers of each of the men — careers that allowed their wives to be Mothers of their children and keepers of the home. Thanked God that He was the God of battle and finished by asking that God might keep them from unrealized fears and that God would forgive him specifically for seeing a future that was dark and troubled.