22 chapters in the biblical book of Revelations. 22 cards in the tarot major arcana. Allow me the opportunity to set the records straight, secular spirituality is my “religion,” based on the syncretism of mythology, narratology, linguistics, psychology, phenomenology and semiotics. Thus is the foundation of my personal philosophy. These are my words, my thoughts, my selfish self-centred version of the truth of divinity.
Chapter 11 – 2 Witnesses, hipster hobo chic. Musical finale
I hate it when I’m given busy work. But sometimes I do have to dish it out to young ones so that the adults can talk about stuff without uninformed minds prying in to conversations for which they are not ready to yet know.
Also, sometimes it’s just a lesson in preparation for the development of a skill. Particularly mathematics.
I was given a reed like a measuring rod and was told, “Go and measure the temple of God and the altar, with its worshipers.
John is told to take note of the architecture in order to rebuild an empire on earth as it is in heaven. Use the metric system, though. Get to work taking statistics and conveyancing.
2 But exclude the outer court; do not measure it, because it has been given to the Gentiles. They will trample on the holy city for 42 months.
The ultimate answer to the ultimate question – hitchhikers guide to the galaxy. It’s going to take 3.5 years to construct this empire. Build your reputation! Rome wasn’t built in a day. People are going to be shit canning you for as long as you try to build yourself on the inside.
3 And I will appoint my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.”
Always in pairs so there is working in cohesion, “us against the world”. They are dressed as hobos; this is to help illustrate just how incredibly righteous and CRAZY they are to the eyes and ears of all who may perceive them. This is to screw with people’s heads about what to believe, because appearances can be deceiving. But sometimes, more often than not, the dishevelled crazy people are not any better or worse than the rich and clean “world leaders”.
4 They are “the two olive trees” and the two lampstands, and “they stand before the Lord of the earth.” 5 If anyone tries to harm them, fire comes from their mouths and devours their enemies. This is how anyone who wants to harm them must die. 6 They have power to shut up the heavens so that it will not rain during the time they are prophesying; and they have power to turn the waters into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague as often as they want.
Don’t speak, they are fire breathing dragons. (PS – HEAVEN AND HELL BOTH HAVE DRAGONS/BEASTS TERRIBLE AND TERRIFIC. EACH SIDE HAS THEIR OWN VERSION OF THE TYPHON.) Foreshadows/mirrors the antichrist and his false prophet. Now, which side is truly right like -eous?
Both sides are so caught up in their wars they do no realise they both utilise the same tactics and crap as each other. I should know, I’m the one who invented that strategy. Mimicry and subterfuge from behind blue eyes and/or thin red/white lines…
7 Now when they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the Abyss will attack them, and overpower and kill them. 8 Their bodies will lie in the public square of the great city—which is figuratively called Sodom and Egypt—where also their Lord was crucified. 9 For three and a half days some from every people, tribe, language and nation will gaze on their bodies and refuse them burial. 10 The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and will celebrate by sending each other gifts, because these two prophets had tormented those who live on the earth.
The two prophets tormented the living, and so let the dead bury their own dead. Let the living go on living in the kingdom of their landlords. Didn’t Jesus-Beelebus say such words in Matthew 8:22 and Luke 9:60?
If this is to be interpreted and enacted out symbolically, then it is to say that their memories and names will continue to be spoken about even after they have gone from being an active presence in one’s life.
11 But after the three and a half days the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and terror struck those who saw them. 12 Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” And they went up to heaven in a cloud, while their enemies looked on.
Gone, but not forgotten. There are those who can’t help but keep dredging up old and rotten forgotten wreckages buried under the waters deep. Those who loot tombs and graves will always unearth more than they are aware of when they remember or dismember totems and/or names associated with the dead.
13 At that very hour there was a severe earthquake and a tenth of the city collapsed. Seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the survivors were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.
14 The second woe has passed; the third woe is coming soon.
Yup. They were shook. Drop dead flabbergasted that a ghastly necromancer just did that. Probably bargained with some alien beings, 7000 souls needed to power that kind of dark life/death magic. How about the nearest 7000 souls in the area, easiest way to manage it? The world will swallow you whole and you will be buried in a sinkhole. KUR.
15 The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said:
“The kingdom of the world has become
the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah,
and he will reign for ever and ever.”
16 And the twenty-four elders, who were seated on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God, 17 saying:
“We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty,
the One who is and who was,
because you have taken your great power
and have begun to reign.
18 The nations were angry,
and your wrath has come.
The time has come for judging the dead,
and for rewarding your servants the prophets
and your people who revere your name,
both great and small—
and for destroying those who destroy the earth.”
Trumpet 7 – Holy shit, there is no holding back now. The flood gates are open. RAIN ON THE PARADE! Pour out all your grievances, all the shit you’ve been holding on to and collecting all this time. DUMP THE TOXIC WASTE TANKS!
19 Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and within his temple was seen the ark of his covenant. And there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake and a severe hailstorm.
Flash mob, flash thrum your ark of the covenant. Hooting’ and hollerin’. They’re getting rowdy up there. It’s pretty funny, that it was all just a nice big distraction orchestrated in order to get their hands on that fabled sacred relic. Put on a spectacle so grand, no one notices the sleight of hand work it’s way to signal the grandstand… SWAT, ELITE, SEALS – GO, GO, GO! They got what they wanted, or they will get what they want. What about you? Where does that leave you standing, and facing which direction?
Revelations Annotations is but the first of my ultimately over-ambitious personal passion project: Build-a-bible. Long-term pet project to re-scribe my own ultimate spirit guide.
A manual of/for immanuel… and since I’m so fucking backwards, I begin at the end.