“Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled. Who among them can declare this and cause us to hear former things? Let them bring out their witnesses, that they may be justified; or let them hear, and say, It is true.” Isaiah 43:9
For over the past year I have been trying to figure out exactly what has changed and pondering how they did it, for in doing so, the interest in serious Bible studies, Bible prophecy, the Rapture, the Tribulation, the Antichrist, the Second Coming, the Battle of Armageddon, the mark of the beast, all of these sorts of things have also diminished greatly compared to the sphere of influence that they once had.
There comes a point where a servant of Christ must ponder whether or not it is time to ‘shake the dust’ (Matthew 10:14; Mark 6:11; Luke 9:5) and move along to others who will hear?
Though there are times where God calls someone to preach, even in the following circumstances:
“As for them, whether they hear or whether they forbear; for they are a rebellious house; yet they will know that a prophet has been among them. And you, son of man, do not be afraid of them nor be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns are with you and you dwell among scorpions; do not be afraid of their words or dismayed by their looks, though they are a rebellious house. You shall speak My Words to them, whether they will hear or whether they will forbear, for they are most rebellious.” Ezekiel 2:5-7
So let me address this ‘lack of hearing’ in a very interesting way, as I believe that the ‘what happened’ portion of my question has finally been solved, as far as the mechanics, of which I am not going to research it out, for the exact ‘how’, just knowing that Bible prophecy was fulfilled (2 Timothy 4:3-4; 2 Timothy 3:1-5; 2 Peter 2) which thereby signifies that certainly each individual that is truly Saved should be ‘watching and ready’ (Matthew 24:42-44). A Believer should be mining the ‘riches in Christ’ (Romans 11:33; Ephesians 3:8) not the knowledge of this world (1 Corinthians 1:20; Revelation 2:24).
One of the things that I have noticed for quite sometime, that has actually driven me from pursuing such vanity anymore, is what is called cognitive dissonance:
“In the field of psychology, cognitive dissonance is the perception of contradictory information and the mental toll of it. Relevant items of information include a person’s actions, feelings, ideas, beliefs, values, and things in the environment. Cognitive dissonance is typically experienced as psychological stress when persons participate in an action that goes against one or more of those things. According to this theory, when two actions or ideas are not psychologically consistent with each other, people do all in their power to change them until they become consistent. The discomfort is triggered by the person’s belief clashing with new information perceived, wherein the individual tries to find a way to resolve the contradiction to reduce their discomfort.”
One thing that I had noted was investors who were saying that this or that would happen with the stock market, yet they were perplexed as ‘in every other time’ or ‘these always precede a recession’, basically all common sense was out the window.
For oil prices would rise and the price of the pump would go down or the supply would be short, but the price go down.
Wheat prices would skyrocket and we were told that they would cause global famines, yet the world would have a bumper crop of wheat last year, still at our local Walmart a 5lb bag of Gold Medal flour is $6.48, so the price is still up, DESPITE the bumper crop.
Housing prices are yet another area, from a local builder who declared that everything he ever knew is out the window. In how many things that were once ‘normal’ that no longer function as they used to, the same is true with certain truth or alleged truths.
There used to be a considerable amount of people, especially in certain areas of the country, who would discuss concentration camps, who would speak of such things as these theories that the government had black helicopters (silent helicopters, which eventually turned out to be true) where they had in every major city stockpiles of gas to knock out the population, where when they awoke, they would be taken over in a martial law scenario.
There was talk of DUMBs (Deep Underground Military Bases), 9/11, bugout bags, coming martial law, red lists, blue lists, horrific chimeras in cages underground (Revelation 9:3-11???), operated by the CIA, you name it. Now it has occurred to me that this is really the key difference here to what has happened to our society.
The difference is a switch that occurred. Alternative news (one could also say conspiratorial) was always pushing the rhetoric that people who thought for themselves, who desired to keep their rights, who would resist a government takeover were enemies of the state.
There was an ‘us’ against ‘them’ mentality, where a lot of people would prep for that eventual scenario, but this has by and large given away to speaking of bad policies (immigration, inflation, borders, etc.) to essentially pushing that rhetoric into a simple left-right paradigm, the same ‘trap’ that was spoken about by the same people who talked about a coming martial law, the left-right paradigm trap of the mind of the masses…interesting bait and switch indeed.
Well the Bible has answers and if such predicted scenarios, that are no longer largely predicted, do not happen before, this will roll into the Tribulation time period (Jeremiah 30:7), where it will certainly happen and much worse than spoken of by these people. For God’s Word will not fail (Isaiah 46:11).
“But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with giddiness, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come upon you unexpectedly. For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth.” Luke 21:34-35
“So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who leads the whole world astray; he was cast out onto the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” Revelation 12:9
As you can see, the timeframe of which we live in, one where the Rapture could happen at any moment (1 Corinthians 15:52) for the world is nearly ripe (Matthew 24:32-3).
So if the time is soon, one where it is locally advertised that if you have a McDonalds app with rewards on your phone, you can get a $1.00 McCrispy sandwich (limit one per day), then what about the book Spychips (Albrecht & McIntyre) who warned about this sort of technology years ago?
Well in reality it is potentially becoming even worse than they had envisioned.
Do you love these companies, knowing they are implementing irons to be shackled around those who are Left Behind?
Will these same companies not enforce the mark of the beast (Revelation 13:16-18; 17), in fact make it even easier by destroying their competition all over the world, for the past several years?
Is there anyone still there, still fully understanding what has happened? Masses of people who were ‘red pilled’ have once again become ‘blue pilled’, this including pastors.
For many pastors used to believe the Bible and believe in the Rapture, the Tribulation, the Antichrist, the mark of the beast and would actively preach on it, from time to time. Now scarcely in most churches is a word said about such things.
“Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder), that you may remember the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior, knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were since the beginning of creation. For of this they are willfully ignorant: that by the Word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water. But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same Word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. But, beloved, do not be unaware of this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow concerning His promise, as some count slowness, but is longsuffering toward us, not purposing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with intense burning; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, of what sort ought you to be in holy behavior and godliness, looking for and earnestly hastening unto the coming of the Day of God, through which the heavens will be dissolved, being set on fire, and the elements will melt with intense burning? Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.” 2nd Peter 3:1-13
The far vast majority of conspiracy news websites, preppers and even adamant guns right advocates professed belief in God and proclaimed Christianity. For instance, you could take pastor Chuck Baldwin, a presidential candidate who moved to Flathead Valley, Montana, as a black regiment pastor.
Though he denies the pretribulation Rapture, using the argument that it is a tool of the government to control the people into doing nothing, of which I might add, having spoken of this BEFORE, that fewer and fewer people accept a pretrib Rapture or any Rapture for that matter, so now what is the problem, they still do nothing! By and large, the biggest freedom minded people who were at the center stage of fighting the new world order, such as Mr. Baldwin and Alex Jones, were always against the pretrib Rapture.
Something happened and the conversations about red lists/blue lists, enemies of the state ended. How preciously that happened, I do not know. I recall there being those who talked about cell phone towers being used for mind control. I’ve seen a documentary years ago about how 5G runs on the same frequency of the human brain. I know that social media has been designed to consume and destroy. I’m aware of HAARP, ELF, ULF, of which I have seen nothing on these topics for years.
There was a time where people warned, whether true or not, I do not know, that they were adding chemicals to your water and additives to your food (not on the ingredient list) to subdue and control the population. There was a time were there was a debate about chemtrails and asking what they were spraying, with the argument being a combination of spraying and HAARP to control the unsaved masses of the population (Luke 10:19).
The purpose of this article is not to state these conspiracy theories as fact or rather to disregard them. The full truth of the matter is simply not known. But the Bible we can be certain about and interest in both of these things has faded, but whereas we could see some cognitive dissonance possibly being a reason for the failure of the old school conspiracy type websites and radio show (in accordance with what USED to be talked about, verses the current talking points or written articles (if you want to see what used to be out there then go to whale.to)), as well as those who literally appear to have been targeted enemies of the state, of which numerous suspicious deaths surround some, as well as prison sentences, but what God’s Word says will certainly come to pass (Isaiah 46:11).
Truth has been cast down and certainly censorship plays a large portion of it, as well as the means to get information to the masses who spend what little or negative time they have on social media, getting rewarded with dopamine hits, as they continue on their hamster wheel life. We have serious problems folks.
“On the same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the sea. And great multitudes were gathered together to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. And He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: Behold, a sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them. Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. And when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them. But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: this indeed a hundredfold, that sixty, that thirty. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” Matthew 13:1-9