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…
Double-vacksed or triple-vacksed,
quadruple-vacksed or more —
they’ve got your body and your soul;
they’ve fooled you, that’s for sure.
If I were you, I wouldn’t brag
about that little prick.
Those companies that gave it you
just love to keep folks sick.
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EACH YEAR, FOR MANY YEARS, I’ve added more verses to a carol I’m continuously writing, entitled “Another Tasteless Kitschmas”. This year, it has increased by 25% and now has 30 verses. (See below). This is the only Xmas card you’ll get from me! Although, on the surface, it looks somewhat tongue-in-cheek… on another level, it is deadly serious. I hope it brings you some seasonal thoughtfulness. Love to you from me.
Recently I noticed something
happening in the streets:
A guy was on a ladder
using acrobatic feats.
I wondered if this was some kind
of urban culture craze.
But then I saw him hanging up
some Christmas light clichés.
FROM birth to death we’re taught things wrong
as if they all were right.
So now I’ve made this little song
to shed some needed light.
For everything that’s done to you
is done to make you fit
into a world that’s fake, untrue,
to which you must submit.
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FREEDOM doesn’t write itself with airspray on a toilet wall;
for only through deep work and trouble
(living as we do in 3-D rubble) can it come at all.
If left to find its own sweet way, inevitably it will
end up lost, alone and subject to decay
(at unrecoverable cost — a price for which so many foolly pay).
“Gas-masks on! Into the trenches, lads, spritely as you can”,
the Sergeant said, as a pungent yellow cloud then spread
across the desolate ruined landscape with indecent haste.
Into those stinking shovelled rancid rat-run holes we ran
and hurled ourselves without a second’s time to waste.
I saw men fall, their gargled gasps and cries. So many died.