Podcast #8 – Introductions – Part 3

Harold Camping in 2008

Harold Camping in 2008 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

J.Q. Useless concludes his introductory / personal testimony sequence, touching on Harold Camping’s prediction of the second coming of Christ in 1994, 9/11 and 9/11 truth movements, the financial crisis of 2008, and truth radio as they have related to his walk with Christ and his drive to explore the New World Order and related issues from a Christian, end-times prophecy perspective.

Podcast #6 — “When the World Stopped Making Sense” — Part 2

Part 2 of “When the World Stopped Making Sense,” a continuing series within Thoughts from a Useless Eater–the podcast that seeks a better understanding of “the way things really are in the world,” from a Christian perspective.

In this segment, J.Q. Useless begins a multi-part examination of construct that he calls “material, middle-class fake rationality,” a way of looking at the world that was arguably promulgated to those in American society beginning with the post-World-War-II “baby boom” generation. It’s a worldview centered on ideas of naturalistic/scientific rationality, of a supposedly free-market economic system that allegedly operates according to a “fair set of rules,” and of a society with a social contract in which people who work hard and “play by the rules” can expect to be rewarded with a decent standard of living–a worldview in which the individual can rely on his or her own strengths under a social structure said to have been set up with the best interests of the individual in mind.

J.Q. begins to break this worldview into its component parts and examine issues that point to its arguable invalidity and deceptiveness, especially in view of events in the early 21st century, such as U.S. foreign policy following 9/11, the financial crisis of 2008, and the implications of a globalizing political economy on expectations of average American families concerning their standard of living. The implications of all of these issues will be considered in a Christian context, especially in terms of end-times issues.

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Scripture References:

Proverbs 14:12, Proverbs 16:25
There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

Luke 16:15
And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.

Global Cataclysm? Or Peace and Safety?

But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need
that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly
that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction
cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child;
and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness,
that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light,
and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.
–1 Thessalonians 5:1-7 (KJV)

English: Folio 18 recto, beginning of the Epis...

English: Folio 18 recto, beginning of the Epistle to Thessalonians, decorated headpiece (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It seems that many Christians, if not most, who believe we are already in or rapidly approaching the end times–especially those of us who spend a lot of time looking at current events through lenses like the New World Order concept–are always on the lookout for major, tumultuous events and global cataclysms. And, yes–of course there is a biblical basis for watching for signs like wars, rumors of war, and natural disasters as the “beginnings of the birth pangs,” as indications that, for example, the emergence of the false prophet and the revealing of the Antichrist may be near.

But let’s stop and think for a moment. What about that passage above that says that says “the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them?”

We look at what we see as signs of an apparent–and seemingly rather sudden–escalation of blatant evil in the world, like a zombie eating someone’s face off, or a formerly respected public figure being exposed as a rabid pedophile, and conclude that, perhaps, a new level of diabolical influence has been loosed in the world as the last days near.

But could we be making a mistake by looking at the blatant, the appalling, the cataclysmic? Could it be that, instead, it is gradual, incremental change that people barely notice that will be the true mechanism for the setup of the great deception, the strong delusion, the great falling away, and the emergence of the beast system?

In Genesis we read not that the serpent was the most blatantly, obviously evil creature in the garden, but, rather, that he was the most subtle creature. Could it be that the big things are diversions, and that what we really should be watchful of are little, gradual, subtle changes that could slowly but surely lull us  back to a sense of complacency–especially if we begin to see a wind-down to something more like what we once knew as “normalcy” after a period so tumultuous as the last five or so years?

What if we, counter-intuitively, and without first passing through some major calamity, soon find ourselves back in social and economic circumstances that are beginning to restore a sense of “peace and safety” that many of us may have had a few years ago?

I’m really beginning to wonder.

JQ

Will Biometric IDs Soon be a Prerequisite for Domestic Employment in the U.S.?

And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor,
free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand,
or in their foreheads: And that no man
might buy or sell, 
save he that had the mark,
or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
Here is wisdom.  Let him that hath understanding
count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man;
and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
—Revelation 13:16-18 (KJV)

Cartoon of a man being checked on biometric fe...

Cartoon of a man being checked on biometric features (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Right or wrong, most people in the mainstream probably wouldn’t have Suzanne Posel at the top of their list of vetted, reliable journalists, nor Occupy Corporatism on their list of reliable news outlets.

Nevertheless, the article she posted today, entitled Warning: Biometric IDs Help Gov Decide Which Americans Remain Employed presents some pretty compelling documentation that things could be moving, right in front of our faces, in a very mark-of-the-beast-ish direction.

Disturbing. If this is the movement toward a new level of evil Big Brotherdom that it appears to be, may the Lord expose and rebuke it, in Christ’s name.

JQ

Podcast Debut – Thoughts from a Useless Eater #1

Welcome to the premier episode of the Thoughts from a Useless Eater Podcast! This first, 20-minute segment will:

  1. Introduce the intended focus, purpose, and subject matter of the podcast
  2. Briefly examine the history of the term “Useless Eater” as associated with elitist points of view
  3. Begin to share some personal Christian testimony related to the subject matter

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JQ