Before I jump into to todays post, I wanted to let you know that I have began a project with Douglas Hamp. Basically, we are making his book Corrupting the Image: Angels, Aliens and the Antichrist Revealed into a film. This will be a essentially a way to visualize a lot of the concepts he brings up in the book to a wider audience. It will be done in a very professional manner and hopefully will get some views on youtube since it will be posted there on my page once it’s done. Doug has asked me to be the director for the project. We also have some phenomenal talent that will be a part of the making of this film including a guy who has worked on some major motion pictures in Hollywood in the CGI (Computer Graphic Imaging) department. So hopefully it will look cool. This last week, we recorded Doug talking about his book. We got about three hours of footage so the next step will be to build a proper script around the narrative that Doug provided.
After this post, I’m going to take a break from writing Restoring the Supernatural and focus on the video projects. As I read back what I have written, it’s been somewhat scattered and poorly written in many parts, so much like the way the film Age of Deceit was a “build-deconstruct-rebuild” I feel that this topic and my aspirations of making it a PDF book are similar. I am writing a whole different thing on the side that I hope to release much later. But working 50+ hours a week with a family leaves little time for doing this kind of stuff. In any case, here’s Part 3.
EXPLORING THE ELEMENTS
Throughout the many years of human history that we do have record of, it is blatantly apparent that the earlier the writings, the more fantastic they appear. Mythologies of strange creatures, giants, gods, heavens and the underworld are found in many ancient literatures. It is my conviction that this is the reason why God inspired the authors who penned the many scrolls of the Bible. It was to shave away all the deception and fluff in order to get to the core truths that are important for humanity to hold onto. However, I do believe it is important to look at how these ancient narratives and how they reflect on the Biblical text for a couple of reasons.
First, it helps us be informed about the enemy. While some are okay with holding steadfast to the Word of God alone and tune out the rest of the world, others like myself feel that knowing a little bit about the enemy can help the body of Christ be informed of the impending attacks. This is what being a watchmen is all about. It’s not for everyone and certainly God has appointed various people to do various things for the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:10). The common analogy used here is that of a sports team. Scouts always take a look at the other teams scheme so they can prepare for what they can expect to see when they face the opposition. We also have to keep in mind what God reminded us in the Word in the book of Luke when the rich man pleads with Abraham who was on the other side of the chasm that separated himself and the pit of Hades. The rich man wanted Abraham to somehow warn his brothers so they would be spared of the pain. Abraham replied, “If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.” (Luke 16:31). So in a similar fashion, all someone like myself is trying to do is heed warning. Again I am no prophet, but the bottom line is that if the people don’t listen, and something excessively supernatural does go down, and I believe it will in a short time, the responsibility falls on the individual who heard the warning and didn’t do anything.
Second, if we know that the Bible is true, then ancient written records that do not conflict with the Biblical narrative should also be taken into account. Certainly not as inspired text, but at least to gain a better understanding of the context to which the Bible reveals truth to us.
Inevitably, the centerpiece and punch line to all of this is always going to be Jesus Christ. And this will be a recurring theme throughout our investigation of many of these topics. There is no need for this kind of knowledge to be saved by the love of our Lord Jesus, but it certainly does help us get a grasp of why Jesus is important.
But in order to even begin to explore what these ancient text reveal to us in light of the inspired text, let’s explore where, when and why we find ourselves in a culture that either ignores the supernatural all together, or has gravely misplaced its implications and effects in our world.
WHAT STARTED THE DESCENT?
The question that really made me curious about how we have come to this secular, materialistic view of reality was when it all happened. For centuries, ancient stories and mythology were not taken as mere folklore or fiction but as some form of history. Yet in the last few centuries, we have completely tuned out the supernatural elements of the ancient writings dismissing them all as “religious” writings, predominantly in the realm of academia from which cultural trends flow.
Just a quick overview of recent history and we know that sometime around the beginning of the enlightenment period, a major shift happened in the authority of academic scholarship. Almost all the text of religious or spiritual significance from ancient times that were held as historical for over a millennia were suddenly tossed aside as unreliable and unreasonable. A wikipedia source explains the enlightenment period as follows:
“The Age of Enlightenment (or simply the Enlightenment or Age of Reason) was a cultural movement of intellectuals in 18th century Europe and America, whose purpose was to reform society and advance knowledge. It promoted science and intellectual interchange and opposed superstition, intolerance and abuses in church and state. Originating about 1650 to 1700, it was sparked by philosophers Baruch Spinoza (1632–1677), John Locke (1632–1704), Pierre Bayle (1647–1706), physicist Isaac Newton (1643–1727), and philosopher Voltaire (1694–1778).”
As a consequence, anything that defied reason was touted as false or superstition. The age of enlightenment is the foundation to the state we find ourselves today in culture and society. The Institution of Church has also been greatly affected by the age of enlightenment. Anything supernatural is seen as somewhat taboo and almost unwarranted. And while there has been a slight revival in a sense of the supernatural elements in the modern church, it seems the pendulum has swung the opposite direction into the highly suspicious charismatic movement.
One place where the ancient records were not overturned were the Egyptian hieroglyphs. While this is speculation, I believe that those who were part of the enlightenment, although didn’t openly accept the supernatural, in specific regard, the Biblical accounts, for some reason felt that the ancient Egyptian records were the most accurate. Perhaps it was because of the wealth of records left behind by the Egyptians, or their alleged accomplishments of the Great Pyramids and Sphinx. Or if we really want to get speculative, it may be because the folks who touted “reason” we’re not doing anything new, but were resurrecting an ancient philosophy of wisdom and knowledge as the benchmark for attaining godhood. This makes a lot of sense in light of the secret societies that came out of the enlightenment period. The most popular group that emerged from this time period was the Order of the Illuminati.