LAST NIGHT, I completed the book on which I’ve been working for the last 9 months. Perfect gestation period for a baby! (Though it has been building in my soul for many years). So now I have a first draft with 622 large-format paperback pages (6″ x 9″) containing 202,000 words. That’s the reason I’ve been holed up for months in ‘self-imposed exile’ in a hovel-on-a-hill in Cornwall. The provisional front cover which I designed is attached to this post. The image on the cover is from the 3rd century ‘Papyrus 47’ manuscript of the Book of Revelation showing a fragment of the uncial Greek text with the highlighted letters denoting the Greek numbers for 600, 60 and 6, the famed number of the beast and number of humanity, 666. There has been so much wild speculation about this number 666 and also the ‘mark of the beast‘. So I hope I have infused some sanity and clarity into the midst of that.Read the rest of this entry »
LIVING-ROOM VIDEO #88: “Metaverse”. Here’s a new song, for which I completed the lyrics yesterday and the melody today. The so-called Metaverse is a virtual universe, which, according to its social media promoters, is kinda-like the next stage in transhumanist “evolution”. 🙄 Frankly, I think that the metaverse is already here, in that so many folks are living their lives virtually rather than realistically and are being sucked into an A.I. existence. And that’s what this song addresses. Here are the lyrics:
Behind that smiling profile
lie a thousand broken dreams;
and the myth you have created
masks the part of you that screams.
But your avatar’s inviting
all those men to want you so;
while the girls find you empowering
and your followers just grow.
Hi there! If you are subscribed here on The Naked Troubadour but not to my new blog for investigative and spiritual articles, then from now on you will only see my poetry and music. If that’s okay with you, then fine, I’m glad you’re here. But I recently started another blog dedicated solely to my articles and they will not appear here any more. So, if you are interested in them, you need to subscribe to my new blog, the “Diakrisis Project“. If you click on that name you will be taken there. You can be subscribed to both and then you will have access to all my published material. A number of new articles are on my Diakrisis Project blog. “The Beast Rising Out of the Sea”, and “The Beast Rising Out of the Earth” (both of those are excerpts from my upcoming book on the Book of Revelation), “The Fathering of Lies – Ethical Philosophy for Dummies”, “Why ‘Saving the Planet’ is the Ultimate in Human Arrogance”, “Transhumanism, Posthumans, & the Need for Authentic Leadership”, and more than 300 other items. So go to the Diakrisis Project blog now and subscribe. I look forward to seeing you there!
LIVING-ROOM VIDEO #89: “The Time Has Come”. Here is a new song which I just completed today. I don’t need to say anything about it, for the time has indeed come. The lyrics speak for themselves. I hope you find them interesting and encouraging. Read on, and here they are:Read the rest of this entry »
LIVING-ROOM VIDEO #87. “Blood in the Dew”. This song woke me up in the middle of the night last night, begging to be written. There it was. 4 verses of lyrics, the refrain, and the melody. So I wrote them down, then added two more verses today. It is a song for our time and it speaks for itself. I hope it resonates. Here are the lyrics:Read the rest of this entry »
LIVING ROOM VIDEO #86. “Songs are Poems with Wings”, just written yesterday. It’s about where the best songs come from and how (so they’ll never dry up). It’s also really one big Metaphor. 😉 Just me and my guitar. (Needs a band really). I hope it encourages you 💝 Here are the lyrics:
When all the songs that write themselves
have by you all been writ —
& you’re thinking “Should I throw my pen
into the sea and quit?” —
just stand upon some golden sand
from rocks of ancient times,
and feel how wind and water work
and then will come your rhymes.
[I would not normally publish this on my Naked Troubadour blog as all my articles now go on my Diakrisis Project blog. However, the subject matter is so important that I am exceptionally putting it here as well]
THIS MORNING I FEEL MOTIVATED to create what I’ve somewhat pretentiously entitled the ‘State of the Word Address 2022’. It was going to be a video of me as a talking head at my desk. But I thought if I put out the transcript of my talk as a little article, it would be better than exposing my ugly mug to the world, as people can reread sentences rather than having to keep going with the flow of a video recording. So here we go…Read the rest of this entry »
AS ANOTHER WATERSHED YEAR WINDS DOWN — having once more shown the true colours of many institutions, organisations and people, and as a new year looms into view — what could be better than living by a code of sanity which immediately sets one against the rising madness of this world. You can see such a code in the image accompanying these words. It promotes some qualities which are less common today, such as honour, duty, honesty, gallantry, diligence, fidelity, cherishment, self-scrutiny, valour, steadfastness, charity, grace, empathy, compassion, etc. Some years ago, I found what was a very brief but pithy 1000-year-old medieval English Knight’s Code of Chivalry which, over the years, I have substantially adapted and built into the code you see here. I have sworn to exercise it with conscientious dedication and to live by it, to the best of my ability. It is not a charter for mere virtue-signalling, for it demands the highest dealings between one human and another and between oneself and one’s conscience. In many ways, I think it sorts out the wheat from the chaff. I hope you find this helpful and encouraging and that you can even adapt it for yourself. I wish you a very fulfilling and growthful year of 2022.
AS MY ARTICLES ARE NOW PUBLISHED ON ANOTHER WEBSITE, readers here may be interested in the latest addition there, which is an update of a previously smaller article to twice its size. It is an excerpt from my upcoming book on the Book of Revelation. Entitled “Identifying the Mark of the Beast and the Number 666”, it shows what really lies behind these verses of the Bible. Popular culture is now dictating the identity of the mark of the beast (a cue they get from all the wacky interpretations from so many churches!). Popular culture ignores the fact that the Book of Revelation is the revelation of Jesus Christ rather than whatever anyone thinks is right. Popular culture makes memes about a “satanic agenda” (when they don’t even know who Satan really is); then it claims that the mark of the beast is a microchip or even a vaccine passport or the vaccine itself. What a travesty! Why do we let them steal the agenda? Since when has the ekklesia let the world-culture dictate the meaning of a Scripture? The answer is: Since churches started twisting it too! The number of pastors and their puppets that I’ve seen online claiming that the mark of the beast is this or that (usually a barcode, QR code, or microchip) beggars belief.
So, if you want to be counterculture (as the ekklesia should be), then what IS the mark of the beast? Or 666 for that matter. If you read the latest piece in my 3-part series on the 13th chapter of the Book of Revelation, you will see what happens when biblical principles of interpretation are applied. First rule of hermeneutics is to see if there are other applicable verses in scripture (especially from the Old Testament) which apply directly to the verse(s) in question and by which they can be more clearly interpreted. Second rule of hermeneutics is to grasp the complete context of the verse(s) in question rather than pull them out of context to suit our own wacky ideas. Without such principles applied, one will simply put mud in the water and come up with anything which takes one’s fancy — a fate which the Book of Revelation has suffered more than any other book of the Bible. Click on the following link to read what I have to say about the identity of the mark of the beast and the number 666. I hope you find it helpful. http://diakrisis-project.com/2021/12/26/identifying-the-mark-of-the-beast-the-number-666/ . And while you’re there, you can join many others in subscribing to the Diakrisis Project blog to get notified of new articles. See you there!
IT’S ALWAYS REVEALING (AND OFTEN EMBARRASSING!) to re-examine one’s previous year’s New Year resolutions. So above is an image of my resolutions from this time last year. It seems that I fulfilled 12 out of the 14 points. However, instead of publishing a book of poems, I began to write a book (on the Book of Revelation), now up to almost 370 pages and 120,000 words, hopefully finished by March. The music album ambition has to be shelved until the madness of the world is more favourable (if ever!). So, all in all, not a bad score. The same resolutions again for 2022, though now including the publication of a book and something unspeakable that I’ve never done before…