Jesus told his disciples that the end would come as a flood. He also analogized it to birth pangs. They were warned that "in such a moment as ye think not" it could come in an admonition to stay always ready. He also made references to Sodom and Gomorrah and the suddenness in which it hit that culture.
The birth pangs are especially interesting. They increase in intensity, coming closer and closer together as they strengthen.
Developments of the last few years have certainly proved interesting. An anti-New Age Pope Benedict XVI (formerly Cardinal Ratzinger) made an unprecedented retirement. He was replaced with Argentina's Cardinal Bergoglio. Liberal Catholic author Robert Blair Kaiser had Bergoglio on his short list of "pro-change" Popes. Ratzinger had been on his list of "no-change" Popes.
Today, per news reports, Pope Francis has blamed the ISIS-Al Qaeda violence on deviant fundamentalist religion. He also expressed hopes that 2015 would bring about progress toward a "climate change agreement."
As bad as the violence both past and threatened are, I cannot help but wonder if this is setting the stage for renewed and accelerated "New World Religion" calls. Rich of Medford has written guest columns for us on the past on the United Nations "Alliance of Civilization." They have a global conference set for this May 18-19, 2015 to be held in Indonesia. It will have an old, familiar New Age theme: Unity and Diversity" with the same buzzwords I viewed when first discovering the Movement's existence in 1981: UNITY AND DIVERSITY because "we live in a GLOBAL VILLAGE".
There will be many attempts to force compromise in a new global pantheon. Simultaneously, I foresee many attempts to play the old time honored games of "Watch the Fundamentalists Run" in an attempt to use as Exhibit 1 of claimed hysteria provoking excesses from more easily panicked members of the Christian Community into creating a legal and moral justification for the long claimed New Age religious goal where all would say, "Blessed be THY God" rather than "Blessed be MY God." In the best Karen Armstrong advocated position, they would have us bow to each other's gods in the New Age pantheon as a condition of being deserving to live in the New World Order.
Of course, the "Internet of Everything" for which drums are also now furiously beat would help keep tabs -- not to mention the drones.
The Christian community, particularly the Evangelical Christian community has been sold out for a long time. Glenn Clark founder of Camps Farthest Out wrote glowingly of the New Age in a book he wrote during World War II. Glenn Clark was a spiritual director to Mrs. Aymar Johnson (Marian Johnson) who held yearly New Years' Day retreats for "The Twelve." It now appears very clear from my recent intense reseach which I've been discussing at length on my Saturday morning internet program that "The Twelve" were Christian in name only -- their roster was a panel of nearly all mystics and part of the gang was Roland Gammon. Marian Clark checked her "guidance" to take a large home on Embassy Row in Washington, D.C. to be "God's Living Room". This was where Abraham ("Abram") Vereide got his start. Both Harald Bredesen and Doug Coe successively worked for Abram Vereide. Paul Nathaniel Temple, the co-founder and chief financial benefactor of Institute for Noetic Sciences, was part of the core group of that organization since 1944. Although he is now in his 90s, he still writes very large checks annually for both Fellowship Foundation (C Street Group) as well as his Institute of Noetic Sciences. I suspect they will play no small role to help "swing the masses into step" as Alice Bailey happily put it in her book, THE EXTERNALISATION OF THE HIERARCHY. (pages 502-503)
At any rate, much is on my mind and it is difficult to summarize. I've long delayed my finishing of my series on "The HiJacking of Evangelicalism" both here and on NewswithViews. I'm now close to completion. I have recently obtained Glenn Clark's autobiography, A Man's Reach, which confirmed many of my suspicions concerning the origin of the Washington group which was discussed by mystical enough Norman Grubb in his biographical book about Abraham Vereide: "Modern Viking." When thoroughly analyzed, one cannot help but think that this group of 12 at least perceived of themselves as "illuminati," After reading Clark's THE MAN WHO TAPPED THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE, I don't know what else to believe. Clark was summoned by eugenist/physician Alexis Carrel to help him find a man who was fully cosmically attuned. Clark believed he had found them in some of the men that were part of their group of 12 meeting at Marian Johnson's Washington mansion (e.g. Rufus Jones, E. Stanley Jones, and Frank Laubach). His book was about another he claimed to have discovered,
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