Old Testament

Something characteristic for the rulers of the end times, according to the prophet Daniel, is that they will act according to their own will.

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“.. but he did according to his will, and became great”      Dan. 8:4

“And a mighty king shall stand up, that shall rule with great dominion, and do according to his will”                                                                                                                                                                                            Dan. 11:3

 But he that cometh against him shall do according to his own will, and none shall stand before him:..”                                                                                                                                                                                             Dan. 11:16

“And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dan. 11:36

      It wasn’t for nothing  that Christ taught his followers to pray:

                                           “Father … THY WILL BE DONE…”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Matthew 6:9-13

 

The tragic school shooting incidence in Trollhättan, Sweden,  draws attention worldwide. Both in English -, French – and Russian – (not to mention swedish -) language media, for example, is the conclusion with few difficulties drawn,  that the perpetrator had the inspiration from, among other sources, the “Star Wars”-figure Darth Vader. I must admit that I am  personally quite unfamiliar with that figure.

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I just took some impressions of a photo-presentation like the one above. Why is formed such an ideal? Is there any reason for some reflection about it? It seems obvious that there is a need for a certain type of leader. A Warrior King with cosmic dimensions? A “Christian” Führer, or a Caliph? The prophet Ezekiel writes about how it should occur such kind of a “hero”. A great religious leader and a military chief by the name of “Gog” (Ezekiel ch. 38-39), who attack peaceful people, because he is disturbed by –  their safety (Chap. 38:11).

Why are people safe? If they are. Is it a reason for sudden knife attacks and other acts of violence, that people are misguided in their safety and security? It may be appropriate to analyze the security, ones own security, and check whether it is genuine or fake. It can in no way be real, if we use it to put us above others and tease them.

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Jesus spoke in parables in the three so-called synoptic Gospels – Matthew, Mark and Luke – sometimes he really seems to think aloud:

Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God?” – Mark.4:30

But in the Gospel of John, he sort of abandoned the “liken-unto” kind of talk, and start to express “being” more frequently. He does not say “I am likened unto a wine”, but he says:

I am ..the wine” – John 15: 1

This kind of mysterious transitions between what something or someone is compared to, and what something or someone is, one may find examples of also in the Song of Solomon:

I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys.” – Song of Solomon 2:1

 

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Said Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite :
(King James:) “By reason of the multitude of oppressions they make the oppressed to cry: they cry out by reason of the arm of the mighty. But none saith, Where is God my maker, who giveth songs in the night; Who teacheth us more than the beasts of the earth, and maketh us wiser than the fowls of heaven?
(Youngs literal Translation:) “Because of the multitude of oppressions They cause to cry out, They cry because of the arm of the mighty. And none said, `Where [is] God my maker? Giving songs in the night, Teaching us more than the beasts of the earth, Yea, than the fowl of the heavens He maketh us wiser.’
Elihu tillrättavisar Job - Arthur Ackland Hunt

Painting by Arthur Ackland Hunt

   .. or watches?
(“The Septuagint”: ) “They that are oppressed of a multitude will be ready to cry out; they will call for help because of the arm of many. But none said, Where is God that made me, who appoints the night-watches; who makes me to differ from the four-footed beasts of the earth, and from the birds of the sky?

Achsah, the daughter of Caleb,  came to him with a question.

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And it came to pass, when she came to him, that she moved him to ask of her father a field: and she lighted from off her ass; and Caleb said unto her, What wilt thou?”   (Judges 1:14)

Who did she “move”? Wasn’t it Othniel, her husband ? But he didn’t get a word in edgeways. “..she lighted from off her ass“. That she sat on an ass, and lighted from of it, caught the attention of Someone.