Above are photos of me demonstrating against Bush’s pending war against the “Axis of Evil” and the “Beast of Babylon” Saddam Hussain who was being touted by the Christian-right as the Anti-Christ. Merlin was also a candidate for the Anti-Christ. This is why I am wearing Merlin’s hat. I am also wearing a Soviet flag because President Reagan titled Russia “The Evil Empire”. This has to do with God and Magog, the Satanic force that the forces of King Jesus will do battle with at Armageddon.
Thursday night at 9:00, MSNBC will air ‘Why We Did It’ a documentary why the Bush administration lied about WMD in Iraq.
In the next several posts I will put forth the idea that the United States has not had a affective president since ‘Shock and Awe’ began thanks to the Christian-right. Alas, Putin figured this out, and has launched a crusade to overcome half the world. As a devout Christian, Putin sees himself as a Savior. This is what Bush saw in this man who wants to be the next Tzar. When Obama threatened the leader of Syria, Putin warned there would be a Armageddon, which means the Anti-Christ will appear.
Today, a half dozen Republican leaders continued to contend Obama is not a legitimate president even though he won two elections. This is more good news for Christian-Putin who called our President the Anti-Christ.
Keep in mind the Christian-right wants to get rid of all secular government and replace it with the Kingdom of God. Why wouldn’t they start from the top down? Why wouldn’t they see Putin as their man?
During the Cold War the idea (first advanced by Wilhelm Gesenius in the mid-1800s) that Russia itself had the role of Gog gained popularity (since Ezekiel’s words describing him as “prince of Meshek”—rosh meshek in Hebrew—sounded suspiciously like Russia and Moscow). This interpretation has been taken up by several Christian authors and preachers since then (such as Hal Lindsey’s The Late Great Planet Earth; Grant R. Jeffrey’s Armageddon: Appointment with Destiny; M. R. De Haan’s The Signs of the Times; Tim LaHaye’s Are We Living in the End Times?).
The popularity of this theory during the Cold War can be seen in that it was openly advocated in 1971 by the then Governor of California, Ronald Reagan. During a dinner address to state legislators Reagan said “Ezekiel tells us that Gog, the nation that will lead all of the other powers of darkness against Israel, will come out of the north. Biblical scholars have been saying for generations that Gog must be Russia. What other powerful nation is to the north of Israel? None. But it didn’t seem to make sense before the Russian revolution, when Russia was a Christian country. Now it does, now that Russia has become Communistic and atheistic, now that Russia has set itself against God. Now it fits the description of Gog perfectly.”
With the closing of the Cold War, some Christian thinkers who accepted this interpretation altered it after the fall of the Soviet Union (such as Pat Robertson who advocated it in his 1982 book The Secret Kingdom, but in 1992 suggested Gog was “Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Azerbaijan”). Other Christian thinkers do not consider the fall of communism to have any relevance in maintaining their interpretation that Russia is Gog (such as Chuck Missler in his book Magog Invasion).
The biblical interpretation that Russia is Gog, is one that some Russians believe themselves according to historian Christopher Marsh. He writes “Russians and Ukrainians, [are] two peoples with a long history of looking to the Bible for clues to their past and future. At least as far back as the Primary Chronicle, the Rus’ looked to scripture for such clues and found them from Genesis to Revelations. They were the descendants of Noah’s third son, Japheth, giving themselves direct lineage to the diluvian period, and they were of the tribe of Magog (or Gog), in the land of Rosh. The implications of such identity as expressed in Revelations, where the Gog and Magog were both thrown out of heaven, apparently didn’t matter to those drawing these lines. Ancestors were found in the Bible, and that was enough.”
Some members of the Bahá’í Faith believe the Qur’anic prophecy of Gog and Magog was fulfilled during the Russo-Turkish Wars of the beginning of the 19th century. Russia conquered Crimea, the European part of the Ottoman Empire (including Adrianople), Iran’s Caucasian provinces and Central Asia.
A very frightening report prepared by the Office of the President (OoP) on the machinations behind the United States rapid retreat from using military action against Syria states that President Obama was “strongly dissuaded” from attacking this Middle Eastern nation after President Putin threatened that should America strike, “Armageddon would be unleashed.”
According to this report, Putin and Obama met last week in a private meeting during the G-20 Summit in St. Petersburg wherein the Russian leader warned his American counterpart that Syrian leader Assad was “fully prepared” to destroy the Tagba Dam holding back Lake Assad on the Euphrates River which would cause the largest man-made catastrophe ever to occur in the Middle East.
Saturday, February 20, 1999: The third convergence of the wheresmerlin? Society occurred as the winter winds swirled dark clouds with rain, sleet and snow. The Itinerary spilled forth like milk running out of a bottle dropped on the floor of the Springfield Creamery. Our imaginations conjured a plan for the Eclipse at the Minack to call forth the spirit of Merlin. We may be on to something!
The phrase evil empire was first applied to the Soviet Union in 1983 by U.S. President Ronald Reagan, who took an aggressive, hard-line stance that favored matching and exceeding the Soviet Union’s strategic and global military capabilities, in calling for a rollback strategy that would, in his words, write the final pages of the history of the Soviet Union. The characterization demeaned the Soviet Union and angered Soviet leaders. According To G. Thomas Goodnight, the “Evil Empire” speech along with the “Zero Option” and “Star Wars” speeches represented the rhetorical side of the US’s escalation of the Cold War. In the former, Reagan depicted nuclear warfare as an extension of the “age old struggle between good and evil,” while arguing that an increased nuclear inventory as well as progress in science and technology were necessary to prevent global conflict. Through these speeches, the Reagan Administration used rhetoric to reshape public knowledge about and attitudes toward nuclear warfare.