Friday, May 31, 2013

My Very Last Post (I Hope) on the Subject of Jonathan Cahn's book The Harbinger

June 3 UPDATE:  A good interview about the Harbinger and more thoughts about how the message is only going to fail.  

 Mike Huckabee did a radio interview with Jonathan Cahn back in March, in which Huckabee emphasizes that what makes the book important is its actual FACTS, indisputable facts.  Whatever objections people have to the book or to Jonathan Cahn himself, there shouldn't be any doubt at all that the book is a revelation of portentous FACTS that occurred in America in connection with 9/11.  These facts can only be interpreted as signs of God's judging the nation, starting with 9/11, but pointing to future judgment as well if the nation does not repent and turn back.  This is not a book of opinion or speculation or theological vagueness, it's all about observed facts, that's what makes it an important book. 

Huckabee reported that the book had sold 60 million copies as of the interview, which is a staggering number.

 Despite all its apparent success I continue to feel its impact has been compromised by Cahn's publicizing it on some very fringey charismatic venues.  People will read and marvel at it but is it going to turn the nation back to God?  See, I think it COULD HAVE, but I think that would have required that it not be associated with borderline heresies and even outright apostasies.  Besides its being publicized in this way, there have been ecumenical prayer meetings based on the book's revelation involving some conservative politicians.  Jonathan Cahn appeared at an ecumenical prayer breakfast convened to pray for the nation right after Obama's last inauguration.  He gave a great talk and I hoped that would be enough, but in the end I think simply being in an ecumenical setting for the purpose of prayer is not going to be blessed by God. 

God will not bless anything ecumenical, God will not bless anything but His true Church.  For decades now Christians have been allowing compromises that can only defeat such a message as The Harbinger.

At the time of 9/11 itself only a very few Christian leaders dared to call it God's judgment, most across the nation were denying that God would have had anything to do with it.  Then President Bush had that abomination of an ecumenical prayer meeting in the National Cathedral to pray for the nation.  All I could do was cringe.  The idea that God would hear such prayer shows a miserable loss of Christian perspective in this country.  SUCH MIXING OF HIS CHURCH WITH UNBELIEVERS AND FALSE RELIGIONS ONLY INVITES GOD'S FURTHER JUDGMENTS ON THE NATION.

Then God showed Jonathan Cahn some pretty dramatic signs that the nation is under judgment starting with 9/11, but now I fear that message is also being vitiated by keeping bad company.  DIDN'T GOD TELL US THAT HE WILL NOT BLESS WORSHIP OR PRAYER TO BOTH HIMSELF AND MOLECH?    What is Jonathan Cahn thinking?  How can his message survive such compromise?  Well, I don't think it will.  I think it's pretty clear that there are no signs of effective repentance as a result of the book, even if there may be some pockets of repentance here and there.

Really, it ought to be clear to the conservative Christians by now that their ecumenical joining in with the conservative factions of false religions over the last few decades HASN'T ACCOMPLISHED WHAT THEY AIMED TO ACCOMPLISH by such connections.  Starting back at least with the Moral Majority, has the nation been getting any better in the areas that conservatives care about?  NO!  Isn't it obvious that things have only been getting steadily worse in the areas we care about? 

WHY?  Has God become deaf?  Haven't the ecumenical political organizations been working hard enough?  Hasn't there been enough ecumenical prayer?  Oh Christian America!  No, the problem is the ecumenism itself, that you are joining with Molech to accomplish goals that God will not bless for that reason. 

Purify the Church, separate from the apostates and the false religions, strengthen the doctrines of the CHURCH, expose the false doctrines, and THEN pray for the nation. 

Or The Harbinger like all the rest of the warning signs of national deterioration and judgment is just going to be a flash in the pan and the nation is going to continue going down.  The book can even give a timetable for how that is likely to happen.  Perhaps that's its only value now.


My Very Last Post on The Harbinger?

The way things have been going I don't think The Harbinger is going to have much more of an impact than it's already had.  I think this partly has to be due to Cahn's persistence in publicizing it through charismatic channels, which I do think is wrong, and likely to be a dead end as far as getting out the message goes if only because so many Christians object to him for that reason. 

I don't think this is a bad thing.   I think the book is a solid demonstration that the nation is under God's judgment, but I don't think it's going to open many eyes to that fact, I don't think we are going to have a revival or much of a national turnaround at all, so I think it's mostly going to stand in the end as an indictment from God to that effect. 

Perhaps there's a sort of spiritual irony involved here, that a message from God is getting bogged down in one of the apostate branches of the church.  I may be reaching for it but it's not hard to see a metaphor for our present condition in this very fact.

Be all that as it may, I still find the book's message to be solid. 

I think we could reduce the whole message of the Harbinger to its observation that a few American political leaders pronounced judgment on the nation when they quoted Isaiah 9:10 as if it were a message of hope following 9/11.  To my mind this is the most indisputable fact in the book.

Isa 9:10  The bricks are fallen down, but we will build with hewn stones: the sycomores are cut down, but we will change [them into] cedars.

God knocked down our buildings but WE will rebuild.  The verse was quoted by Tom Daschle and John Edwards in reference to 9/11, and its essence "We will rebuild" was written by Obama on a beam to be raised to the top of the new Freedom Tower which is to replace the World Trade Center.  Others echoed the attitude but these three have the most official national status. 

In its biblical context it is clearly a message of a nation's defiance of God's judgment through a great calamity, and by failing to see 9/11 as God's judgment on the US, and by failing to give the appropriate call to national repentance in a time of judgment, these American leaders aligned themselves with the very same spirit of defiance by the leaders of ancient Israel which is expressed in that verse.  This defiance is the reason God says in the very next verse He is bringing the Assyrian adversary against them again. 

We almost don't need any of the other harbingers in the book to make the case, but so obtuse are some of our "discernment" people that they actually fail to see how these statements are defiant of God or how they are a pronouncing of God's judgment against the nation. 

So add to those words by the politicians the uncanny appearances in the wake of 9/11 of those other harbingers that echo the specific elements of Isaiah 9/10 and it looks to some of us like God has given us indisputable symbolic tokens of our defiance of Him that we cannot honestly deny.  A sycamore tree destroyed by the attack on the WTC, a conifer brought in to replace it, fallen bricks and a hewn stone brought in to symbolize the rebuilding. 

To me these few things are the essential message of The Harbinger that all by themselves put a seal of sorts to God's displeasure with America.   There are other factors that deepen their implications, such as the fact that the felled sycamore was on the very corner of the property occupied by the WTC, in the courtyard of the very chapel in which George Washington prayed for the nation right after his inauguration.   These factors and more are waved away by the critics as if any human being could have trumped them up. 

So I still support this book.  I don't, however, support Jonathan Cahn's associations with charismatics, some of whom are known apostates and not Christians at all.  I think this damages his reputation and the prospects for his book. 

There may be more to say but I'm going to stop here for now.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Brannon Howse's attack on another discernment ministry: Just how should we think of a state's legalization of gay marriage?

UPDATE June 11.  Really more of a P.S.

Forgot to note that one of Howse's jibes at Jan Markell was against her apparent expectation of a dramatic sort of judgment from God for Minnesota's legalizing of same-sex marriage, which he characterized as on the order of expecting a tornado although I don't recall her saying that.  His answer was that weather is cyclical, meaning of course unrelated to God's judgments.  Can he really mean such a statement, is he thinking?  Is there any such thing as something that escapes God's sovereignty? 

Whether tornados or any other weather phenomenon is a particular judgment for a particular offense is difficult if not impossible to know, but to deny that weather is one of God's instruments of judgment is a denial of God's sovereignty over all things.   Some Christians may claim to know more specific reasons for a particular weather pattern than it's possible to know, but the basic idea can't be wrong.  God's judgments come in many forms and that is surely one of them.  For just one scripture reference, consider the famine in Elijah's day, the withholding of rain for the idolatries of Israel.

This was one of the errors made by the critics of Jonathan Cahn's Harbinger too.  All the harbingers he identifies the critics dismiss as meaningless coincidences.  Is there really such a thing as a meaningless coincidence?  I find all kinds of small and apparently meaningless coincidences in my own life and others have had the same experience, odd patterns of names or birthdates among family and friends and that sort of thing.  They are truly meaningless as far as I can tell, but this is God's universe and He probably has a reason even for those little strangenesses.  But when it comes to the harbingers that so CLEARLY reflect the scripture verse Isaiah 9:10, how can they be dismissed as meaningless?  How can Christians even believe in meaningless coincidences in a universe ruled by God?

======Original Post======

When I got back from my enforced vacation due to computer problems I had some emails waiting for me related at least tangentially to Jonathan Cahn's book. 

Brannon Howse on his May 22 radio show specifically targeted some recent comments made by Jan Markell suggesting that Minnesota's legalizing of gay marriage invites God's judgment on that state.  Brannon seems to go out of his way to target Jan, and it must be at least partly due to her support of Jonathan Cahn's book The Harbinger, which he sums up in this radio broadcast as "promoting mysticism." 

I didn't want to listen to his show but found myself obliged to.  I didn't hear both parts, however, only the first part.

Apparently Jan said that many Christians are now worried about Minnesota's coming under judgment for the legalization of same sex marriage, and Brannon quotes her saying "Now with homosexual marriage as a reality many Christians, solid pro-family type people -- we don't know where to run to."  And Brannon felt some need to criticize her for that, something that is really a common feeling many Christians have these days as we see the nation around us, and indeed the whole world, coming under judgment.  "We don't know where to run to."  Brannon felt some need to say that this isn't what Christians are called to, we're to expect persecution and tribulation in this world and so on and so forth. 

Well, he's right about that of course, but is he right to pillory Jan Markell for merely expressing something that so many of us are feeling these days?  I might point out a couple things that contradict his view: one, that God did allow the Waldensians to escape persecution for long periods by hiding away in the valleys of the Alps, and two, there is a proverb that says the prudent man foresees calamity and hides himself.  God also promises to hide the faithful from His wrath.  Sure, maybe in this case, in these last days, it may simply be impossible to find any earthly place to hide, but that's another subject.  We may be approaching a time when all we have is God Himself as our hiding place and that has to be a good thing for our spiritual health and growth.  Yet as we see judgment coming great numbers of Christians these days quite naturally cast about for a place to be safe from it, and it seems to me a lack of charity and grace to take a person to task for such a feeling. 

The main point Brannon keeps hammering away at, again specifically targeting Jan Markell but also "the religious right" in general, is the specific focus on gay marriage itself.  He is at pains to argue that homosexuality is only one of many sins that God judges, and that America is under judgment for a whole slew of sins, also that homosexuality itself IS God's judgment.  And again, he's right about all that, but I'd say he's also wrong in spirit in his focus on Jan Markell.  For one thing I seriously doubt she isn't aware of all the other sins the nation is being judged for, and I know she is aware of the sins of the church in particular because many of her own radio broadcasts focus on those.  Brannon's needling refrain about "discernment ministries that don't discern" is again, a lack of charity and grace toward another Christian, utterly undeserved that I can see.   There isn't any Christian or discernment ministry that we can expect to be perfect, we are all going to have our own blind spots and make mistakes to one degree or another, and there's nothing wrong with disagreeing with each other on such points that I can see, in fact it's necessary.  But Brannon has gone over the line here.

Beyond charity, Brannon is just wrong in his judgments of this issue.  Seems to me the reason so many of us focus on the gay marriage issue is that it IS the last offense on that list in Romans 1 that Brannon makes so much of, it's kind of the straw that broke the camel's back.  For two reasons:  one because it is the end result of the list of sins mentioned in that scripture, showing we've reached a sort of state of perfection of sin as it were, and two, because in this particular case it is an OFFICIAL sin, a sin officially committed by the State of Minnesota itself.   In this it compares with the nation's legalization of abortion, for which we've been under judgment for years.  The fact that there are many practicing homosexuals in the state or the nation does not necessarily amount to the level of God's judgment on the state or nation, but when it is LEGALLY legitimized by the State itself THEN I think we are quite right to see that as an invitation to God's judgment in a more direct and immediate way than any accumulation of the sins of the people themselves at least up to a certain level.  I have to suppose this is what Jan is responding to.  It's not, as Brannon keeps putting, it, uh oh homosexuality is in itself some special sin that invites judgment, as if we're ignoring all the other sins of the nation or state, but uh oh now we've gone and OFFICIALLY waved this violation of God's law in God's face and He's not going to be able to overlook that for long. 

Oh yes, America is under God's judgment, has been for years, and the growth of support for homosexuality as per Romans 1 clearly demonstrates that we've reached the end of the trail of judgments from God, and oh yes, homosexuality is in itself God's judgment, as is the proliferation of sins of all kinds.  But because it IS the end of the trail of an accumulation of sins and judgments over years, and because it is now officially endorsed by the State of Minnesota, discerning Christians have very good reason to expect a more dramatic expression of God's judgment.  There is nothing wrong with such an expectation. 

Brannon's broadcast is a good compendium of the sins for which we can expect judgment, it has that virtue, but I have to say that it comes off as some sort of nitpicking vendetta against Jan Markell and that is reprehensible. 

He also slams her in passing for her support of Jonathan Cahn's book, The Harbinger, which is probably the main reason for attacking her as he does, but I'm planning another post on that subject so I'll leave that for now.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Jonathan Cahn's problematic charismatic associations versus the validity of his book The Harbinger

Update May 28:  I've been offline for a while because of computer problems.   More comments on this subject are posted in the Comments section below.

So now I got a Comment on the Email on the Harbinger post below, taking me to task because of my continuing defense of The Harbinger..  This is a tricky problem.  I continue to believe the main message of the book itself holds up against all the ridiculous criticisms levelled against it by the critics, but at the same time I also have a big problem with Cahn's affiliations with some very extreme charismatics, appearing on their programs to promote the book and so on.   I don't find it easy to resolve these problems. 

Am I wrong to defend the book if Cahn himself does things I can't support?  Should I accept his view of it that he's willing to appear wherever he's welcome in order to promote the book, which he likens to Paul's speaking at Mars Hill?  Well, actually I don't accept that view at all.  I think there is a big difference between what Paul did at Mars Hill and Cahn's appearances with charismatics I myself reject.  Charismatics present themselves as Christians for starters, whereas Mars Hill was clearly pagan.   Some charismatics Cahn has appeared with are so out of line they can't be considered Christian any more, although there are certainly true Christians within the charismatic movement nevertheless.  

I don't know how to resolve all this, but again I'm being attacked for Cahn's appearances on charismatic venues when my main focus has been on defending the book and not Cahn himself.  I continue to believe the critics' attacks on the book are way out of line and that the book's message holds up, AND that Cahn himself does not seem to share in the charismatic excesses of the people he's been associating with. 

But here's the Comment I got and my answer to it:

Anonymous said...
Your defense of Cahn is sickening, especially in your denial of him not being affiliated with the charismatic movement. All you gotta do is YouTube him on heretic Sid Roth's "It's Supernatural" and see he is affiliated with them. Just cause he doesn't "teach" charismania, doesn't make any less in error! Especially when the Bible clearly says we are not to associate with evil doers but rather expose them! I will qoute an excerpt from Elliott Nesch:

"My concerns go deeper than mere charges of “guilty by association.” For instance, on October 24, 2011, Cahn launched his book on the Jim Bakker show. On April 5-8, 2012, Cahn was included with a team of ministers to celebrate Passover with Chuck Pierce, Peter Wagner, Dutch Sheets, Barbara Yoder, David Demian, David Schneier, Judy Jacobs, Kyle Searcy, Paul Keith Davis and Robert Heidler. Dated June 18, 2012, The Jim Bakker show announced, “The prophets are coming – the word is going out! Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, Sid Roth, John Kilpatrick, Rick Joyner, John Shorey, Bobby Conner, Cindy Jacobs.” On September 27, 2012, Cahn appeared on This Is Your Day with Benny Hinn. In a personal e-mail correspondence, I was prompted to ask Cahn if he cautions his congregation against false teachers by name and what his criterion for false teachers is. He responded,
There is distinction between believers who may speak or teach some errors in fact or doctrine, a category that basically includes every believer – And the other category where someone teaches that which clearly contradicts a foundational and central core issue of faith – that would be place them outside the gospel and would justify the label of false teacher. If giving specific identification was warranted to protect believers from falling into error as touching the latter category, we would not be averse to doing so.

I also asked Cahn about his current affiliation and position on the New Apostolic Reformation. He responded:

I have no affiliation – There are those who assume that because one speaks from a specific platform, event, venue, conference, or media outlet, this means that one is in total or any agreement with the host or platform. This is not necessarily the case. By such a standard, they would judge Paul as a pagan for preaching at the pagan platform of Mars Hill. I will go and speak from virtually any platform I can that will allow me to give the warning of The Harbinger and the message of the Gospel unhindered – Whether I agree with that person on any issue or no issue – whether that platform be Christian, secular, Hindu, pagan – or a Mars Hill – as long as I am able to use that platform to preach unhindered, I will go.

I understand Cahn’s conviction about preaching at Mars Hill if need be as the Apostle Paul. But I would compare sharing the pulpit or being a guest in association with these false teachers as equivalent to early Christians sharing a venue with or speaking in a Gnostic congregation. I believe these teachers with which Cahn is affiliating and promoting his book are those which should be called out by name, exposed and avoided. Paul warned of those who would come in the last days with ”a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away” (2 Timothy 3:5). The Apostle John said, “If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds” (2 John 10,11). Paul said, “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them” (Romans 16:17). These verses considered, the associations to false teachers are too close for comfort for me."

I also find it quite sad that you seem to be detouring from defending the gospel and now defend a mere man. So sad!
Friday, May 10, 2013

Faith aka Connie said...
If you are going to address me in such a personal way, you should use a name instead of hiding behind "Anonymous." I find YOUR approach to me to be on the sickening side myself.

I'm aware of the problems with Cahn's affiliations, all those you mentioned, I've already commented on them, I have named names where I've been aware of them, and in fact I don't agree with him that appoearing on heavily charismatic venues is the same as Paul's speaking from Mars Hill.

His affiliations are a problem, no doubt at all, and he does believe the spiritual gifts are still in operation. There are true Christians who do believe that, you should know if you don't.

But from my own experience in charismatic circles I don't see any of that in Cahn's basic teachings, and The Harbinger, the book, does not teach any of that. SUPPOSEDLY IT'S THE BOOK THE CRITICS ARE CONCERNED WITH, but the critics are finding problems in the book that are simply not there, and this business about his connections with charismatics just confuses the whole picture. The absurdities of the criticism of the BOOK are what I mostly address. I think the message of the book holds up, and I wish he didn't have the charismatic affiliations.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Teachings on The Harbinger

I got this in email today and it's good enough to post.  This is Part 1 of a series of teachings on Jonathan Cahn's book, The Harbinger, presented by a very articulate teacher who really gets it and knows how to present it. 

I don't know anything about Greg Sharp, except that he is a pastor at Brandon Bible Tabernacle, about which I also know nothing.  He's a standard evangelical in his concepts, rather than Reformed, and he may have some charismatic leanings, I can't really tell how far at this point, but overall really all I know at this point is that I've listened to Part One of his series and it's very well done.

I might add that he mentions a visit to Las Vegas in my very own state, and certainly I agree with his assessment of "sin city" overall, but please, there are Christians there too, Pastor Sharp! However, I bring this up because he mentioned that on his way out to the airport he passed a billboard that said something like "Lust will send you to Hell," which was the only Christian message he said he encountered on his trip, to which he said a hearty "Amen."

I'm mentioning this because a while back I happened to hear Jan Markell of Understanding the Times radio interviewing Joseph Farah of World Net Daily (Yes I have some problems with WND too but it's hard not to have SOME problems with our brethren these days but anyway).

Farah revealed that he'd recently felt called to put up billboards across the country highlighting the Ten Commandments, which have been removed from our public life over the last few decades, and the organization that he formed for this project started in Las Vegas. First report I've heard of anyone seeing the billboard was from Greg Sharp in this video. Praise the Lord! I hope Farah is able to keep putting them up across the country. And here's Part 2 of Greg Sharp's series on The Harbinger:

Sunday, May 5, 2013

An Email about The Harbinger

I haven't discussed the Harbinger in some time, but an email I got about it gives me the opportunity:

I came across your blog and was very refreshed to see your posts on discernment issues. However, I am perplexed on The Harbinger issue. Are you defending that book??? Did you know Cahn is very much a part of the charismatic movement as far as his rubbing shoulders with them? Did you know you Cahn heavily endorses gnostic books such as Zohar and Kabalah?

To which I answered:

Thanks for your comment.  Yes, I am definitely defending the Harbinger, and I'm aware of all the issues you raise about it, having commented on them in various posts.  I've objected to Cahn's friendships among the charismatics but I was once a charismatic myself and I give people time to see the light on that one.  None of Cahn's own teachings carries the charismatic message although some unfairly try to pin that on him. 

As for the Zohar and the Kabbalah, no, that has been totally misunderstood.  He does NOT "endorse" those books at ALL and those who have accused him of it are greatly in the wrong and should apologize to him.  The ONLY way he uses the rabbinical writings is to discover the gospel in them, which he's good at.  The rabbis often understood the scriptures correctly, UNTIL the true Messiah came along, when they changed their tune.  Jonathan Cahn enjoys finding out how they understood the true gospel of the true Christ in spite of themselves.

Not sure why I made the remark about time to see through it, that's not really the point.  The point is that he's not a charismatic. 

Faith, with all do respect, but any "Christian" book that is a best seller, in a world that Jesus said "Hated Him first and will hate us too", smells of smoke. Cahn's affiliations with the charismatic movement ARE serious Faith, its like saying "Well Bill Johnson (a known charismatic) wrote this great book and well it takes time to get out of all that. So even though he's involved with heresy, its ok because people need time to get out."  I am sorry but that is wrong. I came out of the charismatic movement too, and they have serious serious errors, ones that cannot simply be looked at with a passive attitude. His associations with it give people the impression that its OK and its not ok!

 With the whole Hebrew Roots movement growing, and I am not talking Messianic Jew, I am talking about these new cults (like Jim Staley and Michael Rood) and teach we have to go back under the law and so on, and their embrace of the Zohar and Kabalah, and Cahn being quite similar, maybe not out right, but he walks that line, I am sorry but it just doesn't seem right. I guess we all have blind spots I guess I don't know, but you seem discerning and I am just saddened that you can't discern this guy.

Just like too, you mentioned Alex Jones, he did a documentary last year on straight evolution. And then when Christians admonished him he came out with a follow up video bashing christians. He highly esteems David Icke, a very very big theosophic new ager, the man is a wolf! My husband, who has just about walked away from God, listens to him so I know all this first hand. 

I pray Faith that you will be shown the serious errors of these things. God bless you and I will pray for you.

I guess I'm going to have to do another post on the Harbinger after all this time.   Cahn does not teach anything charismatic,  ...  , the book has nothing charismatic in it, and Berit Kjos misrepresents his teaching from the Zohar.  I agree about his associations and have written about that but that's not the same thing as BEING a charismatic.  I've also written against the Hebrew Roots movement.  You'd have a point about the popularity of the book but remember that both the Bible and Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress are all time bestsellers so your point only goes so far.  Cahn is not a perfect man but overall he's been misrepresented.  

I really don't know much about Alex Jones but liked that one thing I heard.  Since I don't know much about him and have heard many negatives about him I think I'll take that down. 

Please, if you're going to pray for someone, just pray, don't tell me I'm wrong and you'll pray, that's rather insulting.


This is my preliminary remark on Berit Kjos' mistaken response to Cahn's interest in a phrase from the Zohar:

Isa 29:20-21  ...all that watch for iniquity ..:
That make a man an offender for a word, and lay a snare for him that reproveth in the gate, and turn aside the just for a thing of nought.

All discernment ministries do in a sense "watch for inquity" but in the case of the supposed discerning of Jonathan Cahn they've gone over the line into condemning a brother in Christ who isn't perfect but is not guilty as charged.  He has his own interests that the discerners can't appreciate.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

The Plot to bring down Civilization

Here's how I'm getting it from Chris Pinto in a brief outline.  All the trends and influences we Christians and Conservatives decry in modern society can ultimately be traced back through a line of thinkers to certain predictable sources.  Certainly it's all an expression of human fallen nature, the putting of evil for good and good for evil, but apparently it's more than that, not just a random expression of this trend in human nature, but there are actually plots involved, conspiracies, or ultimately one basic plot or conspiracy that has branched out to some extent but is still of the same basic mentality with the same aim.  And although there are many false leads along the track the main source always turns out to be...  Rome.  Specifically, the Jesuits.

He did a radio show recently that stretched me quite a bit with his revelations of facts I'd known nothing about, on (of all things) the story of Frankenstein's monster, Frankenstein and the French Revolution.  Is this common knowledge out there or am I typical in not knowing anything about a connection between this well known horror story and an event in history, The French Revolution?   And not only that particular event, but the philosophical underpinnings of that event that are still shaping the radical movements of our own time?  In a word, Communism and its softer version, Socialism, and all its separate projects for remaking society by its rules.

Sometimes I'm rather overwhelmed with all the information Chris Pinto offers that is brand new to me.  This particular program covers too much to keep in mind.   He sketched out the life of Mary Shelley who wrote "Frankenstein,"  her having been born into a radical family, her father a well known Anarchist, William Godwin, who was in fact denounced by many Brits for his views.   Later, after the death of her husband she began to have second thoughts about some of the radicalism of her friends, specifically decrying the barbarisms of the French Revolution and the philosophies that supported it. 

The monster invented by Dr. Frankenstein in her story is in fact the "new man" the radicals wanted to create, overthrowing all the old traditions in favor of their own conception.  El sueno de la razon produce monstruo --  that's from Ortega y Gasset I think, but that just came to mind because it seems to echo Shelley's point:  the dream of Reason produces monsters.  This dream has produced more monsters than merely the French Revolution, it has also produced the horrors of Communism and other murderous innovations that are destroying the world.

In her book she has Dr. Frankenstein being educated at a Jesuit-run university, the same university where Adam Weishaupt formed the Illuminati.  Did you know the Illuminati were originally called the Perfectabilists?  That is, they wanted to invent a Perfect world and a Perfect man, the "new man" that Shelley's book shows to be a monster.  Weishaupt's close friend believed Weishaupt was a secret Jesuit.  That would of course fit with Pinto's belief that Jesuits can usually be found behind all the radical plots to destroy civilization.

Well, there's a lot to that radio show that I'm not doing justice, so I can only recommend listening to it.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013


Got this in an email:

(To see the full picture, right click on it and go to "Properties," copy the link into your browser.)

"Is this a mosquito? No. It's an insect spy drone for urban areas, already in production, funded by the US Government. It can be remotely controlled and is equipped with a camera and a microphone.

It can land on you, and it may have the potential to take a DNA sample or leave RFID tracking nanotechnology on your skin. It can fly through an open window, or it can attach to your clothing until you take it in your home."

I dunno. I know they can make minuscule surveillance gadgets, but how do they make such a thing fly? And what's to stop someone from giving it a good smack and sending it to nanotech heaven anyway?