“Apocalypse Concrète”-Part 1-Introduction
“Apocalypse Concrète”-Part 2-Prophecy Hollywood-style
Review: The focus of this series, “Apocalypse Concrète” is to critque the culture that has grown around “Bible Prophecy.” Most—if not all so-called prophecy teaching in now corrupt because the “church”, which is NOT an institution of men, but of Christ, has
apostatized from its original intent. Because it has not been “alien” to the cultures around it, but has snycretized it—just as did the original “church”, known as Israel. And because scripture was once viewed as divinely imparted and to be divinely interpreted, but is now handled by the “brute beasts” of false doctrine wed to a culture of “info-tainment.”
To, again, present the premise of this series of articles, we revisit the opening definitions, introduced in the first installment:
concrète (French)-used in conjunction with the term musique , to denote a form of art that fused disparate elements of electronic and natural sounds to create a recorded montage presented as a conceptual musical composition. We borrow the term as a comparative for the topic of this article.
con-cret-ize -transitive verb : to make concrete, specific, or definite intransitive verb : to become concrete.
The concrète-ization of prophecy is, like it’s musical comparative, an effort to fuse seemingly disparate elements into a “seamless whole”. As this series will explore in subsequent installments, modern day so-called “Bible Prophecy” has been shaped into a montage of destruction scenes, grand scale deaths by plague, supernatural apparitions, and repeated destructions of the physical Earth. It has taken on the aspects and qualities of hundreds of science fiction novels, comic books, and high dollar special effect films. Moreover, it has now morphed into a narcotic form of obsession by cult personalities who market and merchandise this vision to gullible, Biblically illiterate believers and the world-at-large. The result: deception on a grand scale and MISSING the more nuanced fulfillments that history and scripture record. It is not about “preterism” or “pre-millenialism”—or any other theological inventions—but about RIGHTLY dividing the Word of God, and understanding HOW prophecy is fulfilled before our eyes.
A heady brew of ancient mysteries, modern apparitions, and “stones and bones” science have merged into the 21st century Christian epoch in the form of “Christian UFOlogy“. Fueled by the the now famous Roswell Incident of 1947, and fanned by the need to engage large affluent “audiences” who trek into the new “seeker friendly” Evangelical theaters, an entire market has grown around preoccupation with end times expectations of the return of the Nephilim (Genesis 6).
“E.T. Barnum” and Company
High profile expositors of this new “exotica” include Evangelical teachers like Chuck Missler (The Return of the Nephilim), Michael S. Heiser, author of The Façade, Dr. Lynn Marzulli, author of The Nephilim Trilogy, Dr. I.D.E. Thomas, author of The Omega Conspiracy, Cal Thomas, LA Times Syndicate, Barbara Simpson, author of The Babe in the Bunker, Jacques Vallee, author of Messengers of Deception, Dr. Stephen Yulish, retired professor and researcher, and David Flynn, author of Cydonia: The Secret Chronicles of Mars, along with a universe of eager, gullible droogies who more resemble a Star Trek convention than followers of Christ.
In fact, these “Christian UFOlogists” now inhabit the very “sacred ground” once hallowed by geeky sci-fi adherents: Roswell, NM. Take Guy Malone, for instance, who was subsidised by his home church congregation to go to Roswell as an “outreach ministry”, now holds annual UFO Conferences, called “The Ancient of Days”, under the banner of end times prophecy, “deliverance ministry”, and the allure of battling ancient fallen angels.
Abetted by cohorts such as “excorcist”, Russ Dizdar (Black Awakening), and the above mentioned Flynn, Heiser and Marzulli; and aided by non-believer new agers in attendance, Malone has parleyed his “outreach” into a nationally advertised, well-staged event that overflows with book and video sales opportunities.
In what can only be called “branding”, these new ministers have merchandised the apocalypse with a wide range of various (and often conflicting) end times messages that make the Bible look like it was published by Marvel Comics. These end times Christian UFO cults which have emerged in the last decade are the product of ambitious imaginations, extra-Biblical literature, and an onslaught of reporting of mysterious supernatural events such as “alien abductions”, UFO close encounters, and ritual abuse. In turn, those events are closely related to the disclosures of CIA operations such as MK Ultra and the plethora of occult practices by high level government officials, agents, and scientists. It is the heady stuff of a thousand conspiracy websites!
Seeds of Error
Most Christians embracing the UFO/Nephilim/End Times scenarios do so based, NOT upon what is plainly written in the Bible, but on the Bible being “explained” by readings in the pseudepigrphical “Book of Enoch” (see Guy Malone’s “The Book of Enoch & The Theological Cover-Up of Genesis 6″ video and also the Threshing Floor article, Russ Dizdar and the Book of Enoch). This Enoch—a highly disputed text, or series of texts—provided the foundations to begin interpolating the last days/end times scenarios which feature a returning league of fallen angels as henchmen of the “Antichrist” figure, supposedly found in the Book of Revelation. It is further propped up by misapplying the prophecy of Jesus found in Matthew 24 and Luke 17:
“ But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.“(Matthew 24:37)
This verse—often quoted standalone—provides the uninformed with a reference point back to the flood of Noah, and the antediluvian giants, called nephilim, which had polluted the genetics of Adams progeny; and were (theoretically) destroyed by that flood. This, in turn, triangulates, to the watchers of Daniel chapter 4 and the tales of Enoch travelling back and forth to the heavens to witness the fall of these selfsame “watchers” (1Enoch 1 – 36, called the “Book of the Watchers”).
An objective reading, though, of this prophecy of Jesus would include the very details referenced in the preceding verses—details the LORD revealed as pertinent :
- For as in the days that were before the flood
- they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage,
- until the day that Noe entered into the ark, 39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away;
- so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. (Matthew 24:38-39)
We note that there is no mention of giants (nephilim), not even a citation of the potentially more concise reference of Genesis 6:9 to Noah’s genetic purity in contrast, seemingly to the rest of the humans. One verse—taken out of context—is used to cite a “Messianic prophecy” about the return of the Nephilim “aliens”. And of such are heresies contrived, and prophecies misinterpreted.
In nearly every instance, this new style weltanschauung of prophecy is a bastardized version of how, historically, prophecy was fulfilled in scripture. Take, for instance, the captivity of Israel: it was not a sudden, overnight event but a gradual process which melded the apostasy of the Israelites with the forces of the nations who surrounded them. Likewise, the fall of Jerusalem in 70 AD at the hands of Titus’ Roman Armies was the culmination of decades of uprisings by Jewish zealots—ALL prophesied by Jesus, and ALL ignored or misinterpreted.
While this writer does not dispute the existence of beings who are identified as aliens or ET, nor do I dismiss the legitimate, documented cases of abduction, torture, and experimentation reported by the victims; the leap to insist that such events are correspondent to Biblical prophecy does not follow. Christian investigators are severely divided over the many points of interpretation that lead one to presume that, for instance, “alien disclosure” is the strong delusion, as just one example. That Genesis chapter 6 is the unified field theory for all these disparate “researchers”, writers, and film producers remains the only constant in an ever-changing pastiche of the UFO Christian culture.
Driven To Fears
What has occurred over the course of a decade in these areas of crypto-Christianity is a gradual merging of ancient mythology, modern paranormal phenomena, and a highly nuanced strain of eastern mysticism which creates rich storyboards to be overlayed onto the prophetic books of the Bible. Suffice to say that a vibrant marketplace has also emerged, first in the subculture of “alternative” media epitomised by “Coast To Coast AM”and its endless clones on shortwave, satellite, internet radio and podcasts. The marketplace which boosted writers like Tom Horn (“Nephilim: The Truth is Here (Nephilim Series Vol. 1) 1999) and Steve Quayle (Genesis 6 GIANTS-2002) from underground status to wider media acceptance, flourishes now in the more mainstream “Christian” marketplace—the same marketplace that gave birth to the “Left Behind” series.
This modern day fascination (and I do not use the word lightly) is both a spiritually driven, and market driven, wave of oddly intriguing, yet bewilderingly disparate “end times” scenarios all competing the “connect the bones” of events portrayed in scripture. That is market driven is evident by the flood of exotic book and DVD titles and even studio projects like Charles Sellier/Grizzly Adams Productions’ “Apocalypse and the End Times”—which also blends in the Nephllim/UFO tableau with the usual mishmash of bad scriptural interpretation. Clearly, people can and do make money in this genre.
But, how is this phenomena also spiritually derived, you may ask? Call it adrenaline. The endless litanies of probable end times panic, fear, social disorder, and massive confusion provide deep triggers in the human emotional core. For the same reason we will watch autopsy shows on TV or slasher flicks, the drama of potentially seeing super-intelligent, powerful giants (and, of course those little “grays”) walking about enslaving humanity under the hand of a theoretical “Antichrist” is just plain fun! Forget for a moment that NONE of this actually in the Bible…glue on the “Book of Enoch” and graft in a twist of L. Ron Hubbard (face it, the man pioneered the religion/sci-fi fusion)…voila! An instant cult which drifts back and forth between “traditional” evangelizing and this much hipper vibe that can move seamlessly about the culture-at-large with a style that makes Jesus the ultimate alien destroyer.
The Deception IS The Deception
In fairness, many of these proponents of the Nephillim/end times deception do in fact, present aspects of Biblical truth in their teachings and presentations. And that fact is even more problematic, given that the average professing believer today has scarcely read the scriptures, if at all, certainly not without the tutelage of pastors, teachers, and other interpreters. In this writer’s experience of debating and disputing with such people, I found more often than not I am, in fact, debating external sources and so-called experts (4) cited as “proofs”, rather than a person who first-hand actually read and understood the Bible. In a single generation so -called “Bible believing Christians” have turned Biblically illiterate while becoming astute in the polemics of the paranormal.
The complexities of interpretation of Biblical prophecy, seen through the lens of distorted doctrine, make a fertile field for unquestioning consumption of these diverse topics and theories by the lazy, fantasy-driven, and un-inquisitive. As an example of the internal logic that is required for just one of the common base beliefs in the UFO/end times juggernaut, consider the ever-present thread of the emergence of “The Antichrist.”
The Daniel 9 Deception
Now bigger and badder than ever, this singular galvanizing figure will catapult onto the world stage in the most crucial moment in history and single-handedly defuse world wars, religious zealotry, starvation, global warming…and harness the aliens into a global cabal where he will reign terror for seven years. Aided and abetted by the False Prophet (a Pope to the fundamentalists, a “blood line elite” to the conspiracy buffs, and anyone BUT the Pope to the pro-Catholics.)
To debunk this common myth of scripture, one needs to understand that this Antichrist guy is found in Daniel 9—according to the modern prophecy savants. But the verse cited in Daniel 9 which they purport to foretell this Antichrist are…well, they are really about the Messianic figure we call the Lord, Jesus Christ:
“And he shall confirm the with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make [it] desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” -Daniel 9:27
A careful, dispassionate reading of the whole of Daniel chapter 9, will clearly reveal that the person, the ONLY subject of these verses in the context of this prophecy are Christ—there is NO, I repeat, no “Antichrist” in Daniel 9. While this fact might seem problematic, remember that the mind control of this cult of Biblical impostors includes not just unstated internal logic, but “cut-and-paste” prophecy. As such, they provide the New Testament “witness” of this towering prophetic figure by inferential mention given in he second letter of Paul to the Thessalonians:
“And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders..”-2 Thessalonians 2:8,9
The simplest understandings of scripture are generally best. A few simple tools, such as a lexicon and cross-reference to scripture will point the discerning to a correct understanding of who this ‘Wicked’, referred to above actually is—and it is not some mythological man called “The Antichrist.”
The word “wicked”, rendered in the King James as a proper designation with capitalized “W”, is the Greek word anomos and means “lawless one”, as it is translated variously in other versions. It does point to an entity, and that entity is easily traceable by cross-referencing the verses which address the great judgment in Revelation 19:
“And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.“-Revelation 19:19-21
To really parse out this identification is a far wider study, but the simple explanation is this:
Contextual interpretation of scriptures is critical. We do not add, or take away from scripture; we do not insert didactic identifications based upon inference; nor do we attempt to “cut-and-paste” scriptures into a string of verses that give the appearance, but not the substance of an actual rendering.
Thus, the invocation of this man called “The Antichrist” is totally without merit in scripture. This being does not exist! In the Book of Revelation we can identify two entities which are at war with the saints and Christ: the beast and the false prophet—aided and abetted by the “kings of the earth, and their armies” , as seen in verses 19 and 20.
Nowhere is this “Antichrist” mentioned here; and if one parses the verses carefully, it is readily apparent that this “Wicked” or lawless, referred to in Second Thessalonians 2—the entity which is “consumed with the spirit of his mouth, and destroyed with the brightness of his coming”—are the what John records as this “remnant”, the remainder of thosepeviously enumerated in in Revelation 19:18:
“kings, capitains, mighty men, the horses and those who sat on them, and the men bond and free, great and small” (paraphrased)
The deception that there are aliens, nephillim, or demonic entities referenced are FALSE! Likewise, the insertion of this man called “The Antichrist” is, likewise, an invention, a distortion, and total fabrication designed to suck in those who do not exert effort in studying scriptures to be DECEIVED. Thus, the very people teaching this ridiculous end times scenario—of whom are named some, in this article—are liars and false prophets.
THEY are warning you of this coming man called “The Antichrist”, and of the impending disclosure of the alien presence on planet Earth. They keep you fixated on fables, legends, and tall tales—brewed up with all the accouterments of entertainment and suspense—to draw you away from the subtle, but far more deadly deceptions of their own willful mishandling of the prophetic scriptures. A “watchman”, by definition, identifies accurately viable threats and discards false alarms. These, who call themselves teachers, watchmen, prophets, deliverance ministers, expositors, and shepherds are ALL a part of THE great deception which now blinds the flock of Christ.
These self-proclaimed, self anointed, “godly sounding” carnival barkers are businessmen of Satan—some to a higher degree than others. These fulfill prophecy by manifesting the warnings repeatedly given to the believers in scripture—of Paul to Timothy:
“But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.”-2 Timothy 3:13
And of Jesus to his disciples:
“But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.” -John 10:12
This is the third installment of ”Apocalypse Concrète”. The fourth installment will summarize the previous articles and present the conclusions we draw from the phenomena we have dubbed concrèt-zed prophetic rendering.
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