The really dangerous people believe they are doing whatever they are doing, solely and only, because it is without question the right thing to do. And that is what makes them dangerous.―Neil Gaiman, American Gods
You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.―Matthew 16:3b
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?―Romans 8:28; 8:31, KJV
Almost from the beginning, I asked Jesus to grant me the ability to see the world as He saw it, to understand people and events as He does. Of course, no human can ever truly comprehend the intricacies and infinite wonders of the universe, but there are times when God has graciously allowed me to see into that darkling glass that Paul describes in 1 Corinthians 13:12. Because of our frailties and human limitations, we cannot see with clarity, but we are sometimes able to perceive shadows and movement, signs of things that are or will soon be. What I’ve “seen” happening over the past few weeks is warfare, not just between the Deep State and Donald Trump, but between ancient spirits warring with God and even with one another. The big clue came on January 6, 2021, when a ragtag bunch of hooligans apparently broke into the Capitol building and ran amok.
Some on the radical left even claim they attempted a coup d’état.
If you’re my age, then you remember the John Frankenheimer’s 1964 film, Seven Days in May, starring Kirk Douglas, Eva Gardner, and Burt Lancaster. The movie was based on a best-selling, 1962 political thriller of the same title by Charles W. Bailey II and Fletcher Knebel. The screenplay was written by the brilliant storyteller Rod Serling of Twilight Zone fame.
The action is set in 1970 and involves an attempted coup d’état by the Joints Chief of Staff, led by Air Force General James Mattoon Scott, played by Lancaster. General Scott commands a super-secret unit called ECOMCON, which trains at a covert base in Texas and has the ability to commandeer all the nation’s communications systems under states of emergency. General Scott is presented as highly conservative and an over-the-top patriot who’s convinced a planned nuclear disarmament treaty with the Soviets will weaken the United States and lead to our annihilation. Scott decides to use his secret unit to seize control from President Lyman (played by Frederic March) and prevent Congress from ratifying the dangerous treaty.
The film depicts President Lyman as kindly and humanitarian (liberal) and General Scott as wild-eyed, willful, and war-mongering. In a very real way, this 1964 film is a strange prophecy about Donald Trump, but instead of a wild-eyed Air Force general, we have a wild-card outsider whose policies seek to leave the New World Order (NWO) and return America to nationalistic values. It’s Trump versus the entrenched Deep State of Washington, who prefer to remain in the NWO.
And what super-secret unit of hardened soldiers would the so-called sore loser, wild-card President Trump, use to overthrow American “democracy” and the “rule of law”? Not a highly trained team of warriors and mercenaries. Not a super-secret cabal of military experts.
No, Trump uses a cosplay version of the Village People.
The response? Mainstream media pundits fan the flames of leftist indignation and fears by inciting virtual riots and populating the Internet with a constant stream of photos of “Q-Anon Shaman” in his crazy buffalo hat along with his selfie-taking hooligan buddies. This event did nothing to alter government, but it succeeded in further dividing America straight down the middle, with both sides shouting out hateful memes and demeaning posts on social media and some even calling for the heads of those on the other side.
While such behavior provides a cathartic release of pent-up anger and grief, it does nothing but stokes the fires of this spiritual war and incite the spirits to riot. It provides them with energy and purpose.
Meanwhile, we’re missing what’s really going on here. It is not a coup d’état. This strange bit of theater in Washington is actually part of a long ritual intended to allow the fallen realm to complete their plans to found the new Golden Age as described in Virgil’s Eclogue IV:
Now the last age by Cumae’s Sibyl sung
Has come and gone, and the majestic roll
Of circling centuries begins anew:
Justice returns, returns old Saturn’s reign,
With a new breed of men sent down from heaven.
Only do thou, at the boy’s birth in whom
The iron shall cease, the golden race arise,
Befriend him, chaste Lucina; ’tis thine own
Apollo reigns.[i] (Emphasis added)
Many who quote the above lines choose to emphasize the return of Saturn or the reign of Apollo, but notice that before mentioning Saturn, Virgil tells us that “Justice returns.” What might that mean? Hint: It’s much deeper and far more sinister than you might imagine.
We of the twenty-first century think of “justice” as a concept, a representation of fairness or of our legal system, and to a certain extent, that’s true. But to Virgil, it refers to a goddess called Themis in Greek, but the Latin is Justitia.
Justitia (or Themis) was a Titaness placed in charge of overseeing the divine order. You’ve seen many statues and paintings of the goddess. Usually, she wears a great crown with long rays, as though representing the sun. In many ancient Near East cultures, the sun (Utu or Shamash) was the lawgiver. Therefore, seeing Justitia crowned with the solar rays of this lawgiver shouldn’t surprise us, because this Titaness taught mankind the idea of laws and of justice. Indeed, this casts Justitia in a role, similar to Inanna (sister of Utu/Shamash), who gave mankind the mehs, a collection of rules and skills that provide civilization with rules and order.
In addition to her crown, Justitia holds a sword and a balance—just like all our statues of Lady Justice that stand before our courts. The scales depict her position as our judge. Interestingly, the Olympian Zeus is also given a set of scales in Homer’s Iliad, and he uses it to decide who will win in the winner-takes-all fight between Hector and Achilles at the Battle of Troy. Zeus decided who would live and who would die.
You might even say that the scales can weigh souls.
Earlier, I stated that the cosplay show in Washington on January 6 was part of a long ritual. Here’s what I mean by that. First of all, understand that the spiritual war in which you and I are engaged (and all of humanity participates, either as a Christian, clad in Christ’s armor, or as an unwitting pawn of the enemy) began long ago, probably before Adam was created. If you want a full “unpacking” of this concept, I refer you to the book by Derek and Sharon Gilbert, Giants, Gods, and Dragons.[ii]
The basic idea is that Genesis 1:2 implies the existence of a universe that is no longer perfect, according to God’s original design and vision. Something has happened to unsettle it, to corrupt and mar it, to render it empty and chaotic. In fact, the prime suspect behind this corruption is very likely called Chaos, an ancient dragon sometimes called Tiamat, Yamm (represented by the sea), Leviathan, and Judge Nahar (representing the rivers). We even see Chaos depicted by the Ouroboros, a twisting serpent or dragon.
In Genesis 1:2, we read:
And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
The actual Hebrew in this verse is ‘erets hayah tohuw bohuw. Literally, one might render this as “earth became Tiamat.” Tohuw is a cognate (same word, different language) for the name of the ancient dragon, Tiamat.
Derek and Sharon believe this verse reveals the indescribable aftermath of a war so violent and long that it corrupted the entire face of God’s creation. Chaos’s attempted coup failed, and God reset the world and created the very first prison with Chaos as its first prisoner—and the Spirit of God hovers over the deep as warden. This Chaos dragon was the first rebel and the first inmate, Prisoner Zero of the long spiritual war, and he/she/it still resides beneath the waters.
It may even be that the seven-headed dragon of Revelation depicts this very entity. Think about that for a moment.
But to return to our idea of a pre-Adamic world, at some point in the distant past of earth’s existence, a long war began between God Almighty and some of the brethren within the first family of created beings. Sometime after the imprisonment of Chaos/Leviathan, God decided to create Adam, whose existence served as a lightning rod that further divided the heavenly realm. Some truly hated these humans, perhaps even envied Adam and Eve, for these weakling entities, created a “little less than the angels,” were to become part of the Divine Council! But worse, humans were given dominion of the earth and even the ability to procreate! How dare God do such a thing?
What did this mean? It meant that human numbers could multiply into many generations, but rebel angels could NOT. The bottom line: The fallen realm’s army needed numbers if they wanted to topple God from His throne.
So they decided to co-opt mankind. First of all, an entity called a Nachash (a type of dragon) would tempt Eve, causing her and Adam to sin by eating the fruit of a forbidden tree. Then, when these two were cast out of the Garden of Eden, more of the rebels would descend to Mt. Hermon and begin to build a fallen, hybrid army. This led to a universal “reset,” which we call the Flood of Noah. After Noah and his sons rebuilt the world of men, a fallen spirit or demonic coalition would convince a human generally named as Nimrod to build a great portal, called the Tower of Babel, to return “Old Saturn’s Reign,” but God stopped it by dividing the nations into tribes with different languages. This led to a third reset.
God then sent seventy of his “loyal” angels to govern these tribes, but these failed the test and allowed men to worship them as gods. The Lord then commenced a new plan by calling Abraham to leave the pagan world and found a new and unique people, who would call upon the Name of Jehovah. During all of this, the fallen realm, possibly influenced and even supernaturally directed by Chaos, continued their plans and plots to unseat YHWH from His throne.
Remember, pagan rites and rituals—whether hidden or overt—provide the energy and legal permission to these fallen warriors to rise and overcome the earth. Now, let’s examine how recent political events reveal aspects of this long, spiritual war.
A Temple for the End
During his inaugural address on January 20, 2021, incoming President Joseph Biden quoted a particular Bible verse:
I promise you this: as the Bible says weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. We will get through this, together.
The world is watching today. (Emphasis added)
This quote comes from Psalm 30:5, but the president’s writers left out the beginning of that verse, which states: “His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life.” Does this administration prefer to avoid any mention of God’s anger? Probably. But this psalm is far more than just a pleasing promise for joy in the morning.
Here is Psalm 30:1 in the ESV:
A Psalm of David. A song at the dedication of the temple. I will extol you, O Lord, for you have drawn me up and have not let my foes rejoice over me. (Emphasis added)
Two things stand out regarding the speechwriter’s decision to use this particular psalm. First of all, note the phrase “dedication of the temple.” You may be wondering what temple the psalm means. After all, it was Solomon, not David, who constructed and dedicated the Temple. However, the line doesn’t actually say the Temple of YHVH. The original Hebrew is chanukkah bayith David, meaning the “dedication of the house of David.” We could translate this as the dedication of a temple, because—as king—David represented the House of Israel, which served as the embodiment of YHWH’s presence.
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Returning to our theme of the goddess Justitia returning and a long pagan ritual, very shortly after the so-called coup failed, Senator Chuck Schumer described the January 6, 2021, incursion into the House of Representatives this way:
It is very, very difficult to put into words what has transpired today. I have never lived through or even imagined an experience like the one we have just witnessed in this Capitol. President Franklin Roosevelt set aside Dec. 7, 1941, as a day that will live in infamy. Unfortunately, we can now add Jan. 6, 2021, to that very short list of dates in American history that will live forever in infamy.
This temple to democracy was desecrated, its windows smashed, our offices vandalized.[iii] (Emphasis added)
Senator Schumer’s speech is certainly laced with the hyperbolic, but two things emerge.
One: The senator invokes the ghost of the late Franklin D. Roosevelt, which is rather ironic, because FDR said this to the Federal Council of Churches in 1933:
Early Christians challenged the pagan ethics of Greece and of Rome; We are wholly ready to challenge the pagan ethics…of our boasted modern civilization.[iv]
Two: Schumer actually calls the House of Representatives a temple of democracy! AND, he says that temple was desecrated! My friends, understand this. As newly elected leader of the Senate, Chuck Schumer is now the highest-ranking Jewish politician in American history. Why would he make the claim that a comic-book crew of bison men somehow performed a desecration of a holy temple? By doing so, he is deliberately paralleling the “abomination of desecration” spoken of in the book of Daniel!
And Senator Schumer’s alarmist battle cry was taken up two weeks later at the inauguration by Senator Amy Klobuchar:
Two weeks ago, when an angry, violent mob staged an insurrection and desecrated this temple of our democracy, it awakened us to our responsibilities as Americans. This is the day when our democracy picks itself up, brushes off the dust, and does what America always does. Goes forward as a nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.[v] (Emphasis added)
In other words, the CAPITOL BUILDING, and in particular the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, is A TEMPLE TO DEMOCRACY. Are these politicians imaginative, or is there a darker purpose at work here?
I explored the idea of Greco/Roman temple references within the design of Washington, DC, in the seminal book Zenith 2016 (FREE IN COLLECTION HERE):
Thomas Jefferson, who shepherded the antichristian “Roman Pantheon” design, wrote to the Capitol’s architect, Benjamin LaTrobe, defining it as “the first temple dedicated to…embellishing with Athenian taste the course of a nation looking far beyond the range of Athenian destinies” (the “Athenian” empire was first known as “Osiria,” the kingdom of Osiris). In 1833, Massachusetts Representative Rufus Choate agreed, writing, “We have built no national temples but the Capitol.” William Henry and Mark Gray in their book, Freedom’s Gate: Lost Symbols in the U.S. Capitol, add that, “The U.S. Capitol has numerous architectural and other features that unquestionably identify it with ancient temples.” After listing various features to make their case that the US Capitol building is a “religious temple”—including housing the image of a deified being, heavenly beings, gods, symbols, inscriptions, sacred geometry, columns, prayers, and orientation to the sun—they conclude:
The designers of the city of Washington DC oriented it to the Sun—especially the rising Sun on June 21 and December 21 [the same day and month as the end of the Mayan calendar in 2012]. The measurements for this orientation were made from the location of the center of the Dome of the U.S. Capitol, rendering it a “solar temple.” Its alignment and encoded numerology point to the Sun as well as the stars. A golden circle on the Rotunda story and a white star in the Crypt marks this spot.… It is clear that the builders viewed the Capitol as America’s sole temple: a solemn…Solar Temple to be exact.” (Emphasis added)
So, the Capitol building was intentionally constructed to serve as a temple, and President Biden quotes a psalm which was written for “‘the dedication of the temple.” Oh, but there’s more to those post-coup speeches. Let’s take another look at that Bible verse quoted by incoming President Biden. The Septuagint translation (Brenton English version), tell us the timing of Psalm 30—for the first three words in verse one read: “For the end.”
Huh? Wait! WHAT END?
Is there something prophetic about Psalm 30 that’s escaped our notice? Yes, I think so.
David tells us this in verse 3:
O Lord, you have brought up my soul from Sheol; you restored me to life from among those who go down to the pit. (ESV, emphasis added)
This is a psalm of resurrection, which does indeed make it a psalm of praise ‘for the end’! In verse 2, David thanks the Lord for healing, but in the context of “end times,” the king is most likely referring to eternal healing, not temporal healing from some virus like COVID-19.
Now, let’s assemble these two clues.
One: Senator Schumer and his fellow senator, Amy Klobuchar, both used the singular idea of a desecration of the temple of democracy.
Two: The psalm in President Biden’s speech refers to resurrection from Sheol, healing, and a time of “THE END.”
Gentle reader, is the fallen realm signaling something?
The end? Resurrection? A false abomination of desolation? If the Capitol is a temple, then it must house a “god,” right? I would argue that this god—or rather goddess—is Justitia or Justice, who heralds the return of “Old Saturn’s reign.” Our country is about to become part of a New World Order that commences with the Great Reset. I explored the chaotic shift required to achieve the Great Reset at length in the 2020 book, The Messenger:
Recall the social-media-driven, hashtag revolution that is currently overwhelming cities and law enforcement agencies across the globe. At present, thousands of protesters, bearing slogans and signs, neatly printed with the most fashionable hashtags (#fillintheblank) have taken to the streets—with Molotov cocktail in hand—ready to defend his or her or their right [pronouns are now tricky and change daily] to desecrate our homes and sow destruction in our towns. They seek to erase more than history, more than statues, but the current age itself. And in an era where nearly all learning is digital, it’s easy to imagine how history might be changed to suit a rising dictator.
Now, if pronouns and gender identity politics aren’t enough to enlist a generation into the armies of the fallen realm (who masquerade as “social JUSTICE,” by the way), then what other hashtag-branded crisis might lead us into Virgil’s Golden New Age?
Two words: dark winter.
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[ii] Listing for the Defender Publishing book, Giants, Gods, and Dragons by Sharon K. Gilbert and Derek P. Gilbert at the SkyWatchTV Store: https://www.skywatchtvstore.com/products/giants-gods-and-dragons-exposing-the-fallen-realm-and-the-plot-to-ignite-the-final-war-of-the-ages?_pos=4&_sid=bb917f061&_ss=r (accessed February 20, 2021)
[iii] Senator Chuck Schumer’s speech of January 6, 2021, text found online at US News, https://www.usnews.com/news/elections/articles/2021-01-06/read-chuck-schumers-statement-to-the-senate-on-the-storming-of-the-capitol.
[iv] Full text of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s address to the Federal Council of Churches is available here: https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/documents/address-before-the-federal-council-churches-christ-america (accessed February 20, 2021).
[v] Senator Amy Klobucher speech at inauguration, January 20, 2021. Full text found at rev.com https://www.rev.com/blog/transcripts/amy-klobuchar-speech-transcript-at-joe-biden-inauguration.