June 6th, 2007
Most people don’t have any objective way of working out what is good and what is bad. Usually people just end up uncritically repeating the things which they hear other people saying. In George Orwell’s political satire Animal Farm, the animals start their rebellion against the humans with the slogan, “Four legs good, two legs bad.” Then the leaders of the revolution discover that they like walking round on two legs and acting just like humans, so they manipulate the slogan being chanted by the masses, changing it to, “Four legs good, two legs better.” If you want to change what people think is right and wrong, all you need to do is create a sustained campaign…
The Revelation to John — Chapter 11
11:1 A measuring stick was given to me. Someone said, “Go and measure God’s temple, and the altar, and the people worshipping in it. 11:2 Leave out the court which is outside of the temple, and do not measure it, because it has been given to the unbelievers. They will trample all over the holy city for 42 months. 11:3 I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.”
11:4 These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands, standing before the Lord of the earth. 11:5 If anyone tries to harm them, fire comes from their mouths and consumes their enemies. Anyone who tries to hurt them will be killed like this.
11:6 They have the power to shut the sky, to prevent rain during the period of their prophesying. They have power to turn water into blood, and to afflict the earth with all kinds of plagues, whenever they want. 11:7 When they have finished all that they are going to say, the beast will come up out of the abyss and will attack and overpower and kill them. 11:8 Their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city where their Lord was also crucified. In a spiritual sense that city is like Sodom and Egypt.
11:9 Members of the peoples, tribes, languages, and nations will look at their dead bodies for three and a half days, not letting their bodies be buried. 11:10 People living on the earth will celebrate over them, and they will give each other gifts, because these two prophets had annoyed people living on the earth.
11:11 After the three and a half days, the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet. Everyone who saw them was terrified. 11:12 They heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here!” They went up to heaven in a cloud, and their enemies watched them. 11:13 At that moment there was a huge earthquake, and one tenth of the city crumbled. Seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the rest were terrified, and gave glory to the God of heaven. 11:14 The second woe is finished, but the third woe is rapidly approaching.
11:15 The seventh angel blew his trumpet, and loud voices in heaven said, “The kingdom of the world has become the Kingdom of our Lord, and of his Christ. He will reign forevermore!”
11:16 The twenty-four elders, who sit on their thrones in front of God’s throne, fell on their faces and worshipped God, 11:17 saying: “We give you thanks, Lord God, the Almighty, the one who is and who was, because you have used your great power, and started to rule. 11:18 The nations were furious, but your anger has now come, and so has the time for dead people to be judged, and the time for rewarding your servants the prophets, as well as the believers, and people who honour your name, whether they are important or unimportant. The time has also come to destroy those people who are destroying the earth.”
11:19 God’s temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of the Lord’s covenant could be seen in his temple. Lightning, noises, thunder, an earthquake, and a huge hailstorm followed.
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