Daily Archives: December 3, 2012

Handbasket to Hell

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I just visited Twitchy and saw no sign that I’m wrong about the imminent demise of our once great nation.

Jason Biggs sent this to Pope Benedict’s new twitter account: “Hey @Pontifex since u obvs like the web and shit u should totes peep christianmingle.com lots of great ass ur welcome”

Sportswriter Jason Whitlock said, “I believe the NRA is the new KKK. And that the arming of so many black youths and loading up our community with drugs, and then just having an open shooting gallery, is the work of people who obviously don’t have our best interests [at heart].”

‘Sesame Street’ actress Sonia Manzano tweeted: “Israelis retaliate the simple recognition of Palestinians by UN by deciding to build 3,000 more settlements. Bullies!”

Boehner talks tough, but he’s purging key conservative stalwarts from finance related committees.

According to http://twitchy.com/2012/12/03/youve-got-spam-obama-still-campaigning-liar-pants-cutter-sends-out-breathless-mail-on-fiscal-cliff/, Obama is not only still campaigning, he’s still fund raising!

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URGENT prayer request

PLEASE … this is gonna sound weird, but our laundry has become contaminated with a fragrance I do not tolerate and, for reasons we cannot identify, our efforts to decontaminate are not working.

I don’t need advice (unless you are familiar with the problem and know of some new miracle product for de-stinking cotton). We’ve been doing this stuff for nearly 30 years now. It’s never been that big a deal. Annoying, yes, when a kid would come home from a friend’s house stinking of whatever they used. But we knew how to get the stuff out.

So why isn’t it working now? Not only have our clothes and towels gotten stinky, but the stink has spread to stuff that wasn’t originally contaminated despite the fact we never mixed the loads.

Dearest has been laundering non-stop for five days … and I do mean non-stop. The washer actually flashed a “don’t use me again, fool” message and shut itself down for a while. I think it was just tired. The stuff he brought up yesterday seemed better. I went to bed thinking, tomorrow for sure.

I just sniffed the latest batch, which is the same stuff I rejected yesterday. It’s been through multiple wash-dry cycles since yesterday. If anything, it smells worse. I can taste the stuff.

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I’m feeling besieged. Like something malignant has invaded and is breeding its way through my very limited, very precious, hard to come by, hand made, mostly from expensive organic cotton wardrobe.

My feet are cold too. I want my socks back.

Dearest and I have both prayed. He got an inspiration about how to alter the laundry process; I got a comforting that all would be well. Today, I’m thinking … this is one of those spiritual assaults that needs more than two. So Prayer Warriors … if you would. TIA.

(P.S., to my PoliNators … my Beautiful Green Dress was, blessedly, thankfully, NOT in the wash when this all went down. I’m keeping it IN THE CLOSET until this problem is solved.)

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The Seven Churches of Revelation

I’ve been pondering the section in my Bible called “Letters to the Churches of Asia” [Rev. 1-3]. It’s puzzling in part because there were lots more than seven churches, even in that immediate area.

1st century map Asia Minor - 7 churches in Revelation

Plus, in the Prologue, John says the whole thing is a “prophetic message.” Yet the messages to the seven churches are more like the rest of the Epistles, with some Atta Boys and Clean Up Your Acts and Your Rewards Will Be Great in Heavens.

I found it confusing that Jesus had John make this grand pronouncement about prophecy, only to veer off into a bunch of memos to seven local parishes.

The footnote in my new Bible [New American Revised] says:

Seven is the biblical number suggesting fullness and completeness; thus the seer is writing to the whole church.

http://www.usccb.org/bible/revelation/1

Okay. But if the messages were to the whole church at that time (mid-90s AD), why not just say that? Maybe it’s because “the church” extends not just geographically, but also temporally, and that the “churches” listed were not merely local first century congregations, but also types for future “churches” … whatever that might mean.

There are indications in the text that prophetic time travel is the correct interpretation. For example, the greeting contains THREE references to the future:

“Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come … Behold, he is coming amid the clouds. … ‘I am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord God, ‘the one who is and who was and who is to come, the almighty’.” [Rev 1:4,7,8]

Also, Jesus shows Himself to John walking in the midst of the seven gold lampstands, which we’ve been told represent the seven churches. [See Rev 1:20, 2:1]

Look back at the map where I’ve marked the order in which the letters appear. Ephesus was the major port city in the area with a major road connecting it to Smyrna and Pergamum. From Pergamum, there was another road to Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea. The last was a cross-roads trading town, so after arriving there from Philadelphia, you could just hang a right and head back to Ephesus. [Described in The New Bible Dictionary. Eerdmans. 1962.]

It seems as if John was just working his way logically through a kind of “virtual tour” from his prison on Patmos. The only problem is that Miletus had a port too. And it was much closer to Patmos than Ephesus was.  This, and the fact one could actually walk the “lampstands” route, suggests the letters make up a contrived travel itinerary. And travel moves you not just through space, but also through time.

I’ve been researching the seven churches and their messages. I think I’ve cracked the code and it’s pretty darn cool! But I’ll save that for another blog. This one’s gotten long and we all have things to do.

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THE BETTER LATE THAN NEVER GRUDGE

Posted by Pistol Pete

A little late with today’s pst.I beg your forebearance.I’m just posting a few things today.I’ll have more tomorrow.

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