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There is Again a Strange Spirit of Iconoclasm (in Greek = “Icon Smashing”) And It Breaks Out Now And Again Across Human History

Posted by addisethiopia on September 3, 2017

The icon smashers are as varied as certain forms of Islam or certain forms of Puritanism (and some of its Protestant successors). Some icon smashers direct their attention to pictures or statues, per se, while others turn their attention to even ideological icons such as honoring certain days and holidays. Those Christians who rail against the date of Christmas belong to this latter group of iconoclasts.

The first Sunday of Great Lent, on the Orthodox calendar, is set aside to remember the restoration of icons to the Churches during the reign of the holy Empress Theodora (9th century). It commemorates as well the gift of the entirety of the Orthodox faith.

I offer these thoughts in honor of the day. The opening quote is from an earlier posting.

We have to renounce iconoclasm. In so doing, we inherently set ourselves against certain forces within modernity. The truth is eschatological, that is, it lies in the future, but we also believe that this eschatological reality was incarnate in Christ, the Beginning and the End, the Alpha and the Omega. We do not oppose the future in embracing the Tradition we have received. We embrace the future that is coming in Truth, rather than the false utopias of modern man’s imagination.

There is a strange spirit of iconoclasm (the Greek for “icon smashing”) and it breaks out now and again across human history. It is not just a short period in Byzantine history successfully resisted by the Orthodox but a strange manifestation of human sin that has as its driving force and hence allurement, the claim that it is defending the honor of God.

The icon smashers are as varied as certain forms of Islam or certain forms of Puritanism (and some of its Protestant successors). Some icon smashers direct their attention to pictures or statues, per se, while others turn their attention to even ideological icons such as honoring certain days and holidays. Those Christians who rail against the date of Christmas belong to this latter group of iconoclasts.

What is striking to me is that iconoclasm has almost always accompanied revolutions. I suppose those who are destroying the old and replacing with the new have a certain drive to “cleanse” things. Thus during China’s Cultural Revolution, books, pictures, older faculty members, indeed a deeply terrifying array of unpredictable things and people became the objects of the movement’s iconoclasm. As in all of these revolutions – iconoclasm kills.

In Christian history the first recorded outbreak of iconoclasm was the period that gave the phenomenon the name – during the mid-Byzantine Empire. Like later incarnations of this spirit of destruction, the icons themselves were only one thing to be destroyed – those who sought to explain and defend them became objects of destruction as well. Thus we have the martyrs of the Iconoclast Heresy.

During the Protestant Reformation iconoclasm was a frequent traveler with the general theological reform itself. Thus statues, relics, furniture – all became objects of destruction (as well as people). Some of this was state sponsored (as was the original iconoclastic period). The logic of iconoclasm, however, cannot always be confined. Thus in the Reformation the logic of reform moved from destruction of images to destruction of the state (which was itself an icon of sorts). In Germany the result was the Peasants’ Revolt, which became so dangerous to the powers that be that even Martin Luther had to denounce it and bless the state’s bloody intervention.

In England the Reform that was first put in place by the state remained unsteady for over a hundred years. Eventually, the Puritan Reform (that only took the logic of Reform to its next step) began to smash images, behead kings, outlaw bishops, outlaw holidays, outlaw dancing (they were a fun lot). For ten years England was ruled by a bloody dictatorship that was as ruthless in its iconoclasm as any regime in history.

One of the difficulties of iconoclasm is its appeal to the idea of God. Images are smashed because they are considered an affront to God. And not just images, but certain ideas are smashed (burn the books and those who wrote them). There is a “righteousness” to the cause which refuses to accept anything other than complete obedience.

I do not write about iconoclasm entirely from the outside. I’ve been there – done that. The verse of Scripture that seemed most “iconoclastic” to me was in 2 Cor. (10:3-6):

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.

Of course, the verse is referring to sinful thoughts and uses (as is not unusual in St. Paul) martial imagery. That same imagery applied to the governing of a state (or a Church) can be quite dangerous. It is useful in the spiritual life, provided it is well-directed by a mature and generous guide.

The plain truth of the matter is that God is an icon-maker. He first made man “in His own image.” And in becoming man, the man he became is described as the “image of the invisible God” (Col. 1:15). The same God who gave the commandment to make no graven images, also commanded the making of the Cherubim on the Ark of the Covenant, as well as the images of angels woven in the curtain of the Tabernacle. He commanded the making of the image of the serpent, lifted on a staff, that brought healing to all who looked on it (an Old Testament prefigurement of the crucified Christ).

In the better than 16 years or more that I have known Archbishop DMITRI of Dallas (my retired Archbishop), I have heard him warn repeatedly that the greatest danger in the modern world is the attack on man as the image of God. That God became man in order to unite man to God is the only sure Divine underwriting of human worth. We have value because of the image we bear.

There is a restraint that is inherently involved in offering honor. Orthodox Christian living requires that we know how to worship God with what is due to Him alone, but at the same time to know how to honor those things that are honorable without giving them what belong to God alone. It is easy to say “give honor to God alone,” but this is contrary to the Scriptures in which we are told to “give honor to whom honor is due” (Romans 13:7 and also see Romans 12:10). We cannot honor God by destroying the very images He has created (and here I include the saints who could not be what they are but by God’s grace).

There is within iconoclasm, a spirit of hate and anger. Without them destruction would not be so easy. But it is also the case that such spirits are not of God – though they are easily attributed to zeal or excused as exuberance. Iconoclasm is not the narrow way, but the wide path of destruction. It is easy to declare that all days are the same and that no days should be considered holier than others. It is easy to check out the historical pedigree of every feast of the Church and declare that some had pagan predecessors. Of course some had pagan predecessors – as did every last human being. If the Church has blessed a day and made it to be a day on which an action of Christ or an event in His life, or a saint of the Church is to be honored and remembered, then it is acting well within the Divine authority given it in Scripture (Matt. 18:18).

More importantly, we will grow more surely into the image of Christ by imitating his actions and learning to build up rather than to smash. Giving place to anger and the spirit of iconoclasm, in all its various guises, has never produced saints – but only destruction that has to eventually give way to something more sane. It is interesting that the Puritan reign in New England (as a matter of historical fact) was, by its third generation, weakening and looking for something different. The “Great Revivals” that swept through those places did not leave a lasting religious legacy other than the cults that sprang out of the “burnt-over district” in Upstate New York, and a growing secularization that sought freedom from the iconoclastic regime of its ancestors. Our modern American world is an inheritor of that secularization.

The only image that needs to be discarded is the one we have of ourselves as God. We are not Him. Worship God. Give honor to whom honor is due.

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Chilling Report | አስደናቂ ክስተት፤ ወፍ የምታሳድደው ሕጻን + ወፎች = አውሮፕላኖች = መስከረም ፩ = የፍርድ ቀን?

Posted by addisethiopia on September 3, 2017

1st Part

Friday’s broadcast of Trunews, on August 11, 2017

2nd Part

Tuesday’s broadcast fo Trunews, on August 15, 2017

ወፏ ስለምትከታተለው ሕፃን ሸገር ራዲዮ ያቀረበልን ክስተት ከዚህ መልዕክት ጋር የሚገናኝ መሰለኝ። ልጁ ምናልባት እንደ ዮናስ ተመርጦ ይሆን? ወይንም፡ ምናልባት፡ የመካን ካባ የሚደመስሰው ኢትዮጵያዊ(የሙስሊሞች ትንቢት ነው)፤ አዲሱ አብርሃ ይሆን? 140 ዓመታት በፊት አብርሃ የኢትዮጵያ ንጉሥ ዝሆን አስከትሎ የመካን ጥቁር ድንጋይ ለመደምሰስ ሲያቅድ አላህ ከሰማይ ወፎችን አውርዶ አሸነፈው“ ይላል የእስልምናው ቁርአን። ይህ ጽሑፍ የቅጥፈት ነው፡ ይታየን፡ ንጉሥ አብርሃ በሺህ የሚቆጠሩ ውሃተጠሚ የሆኑ ዝሆኖችን ከኢትዮጵያ ይዞና በረሃውን ሁሉ ለሳምንታት ወደ መካ ሲጓዝ፡ ፈጽሞ የማይቻል የማይሆን ነው! ምናልባት በእነርሱ ላይ የሚመጣውን መዘዝ ገልብጦ እየተናገረ ይሆናል። ምናልባት አሁን በህፃኑ እና በወፏ ታሪክ ዓማካኝነት ሁላችንም ከእንቅልፋችን እንድንነቃና ምልክቶችን እንድናይ እየተደረግን ይሆን? ምልክቶች እየበዙ ነው!

የብሎጌ እና የዩቲዩብ ቻነሌ ምልክቶች ወፎች መሆናቸውም ያለ ምክኒያት አይደለም ማለት ነው።

ለማንኛውም፡ የክርስቲያን ሬዲዮ ሰባኪው ሪቻርድ ዋይልስ ካቀረባቸው እጅግ በጣም አስጨናቂ ዘገባዎች መካከል፦

..አ በ 1998 .. የፍርድ ዕለት

የሚል መጽሐፍ ጽፎ ነበር።

በዚህ ዓመት ስለ ሰሚን ኮሪያ አደገኛነት

ራዕይ ይታየው ነበር

ኑክሌር? ጨረር? ተላላፊ በሽታ?

የመሸፈኛው ምስል የኒዎርክን መንትያ ፎቆች ያሳያል

ይህ እንግዲህ፡ መሰክረም አንድ ከመድረሱ

ከሦስት ዓመት በፊት መሆኑ ነው።

..አ በኦገስት 11, 2001 .. አንዲት በስበሰባ ወቅት የተዋወቃት ሴትዮ

ለሪክ ደውላ፡ “በሄድኩበት ቦታ ሁል የአላርም ደወል በየቦታው ይደወላል፡

ሰዎች አላርሞቹን ማጥፋት አቅቷቸዋል!”አለቺው።

ይህን እንዳለቺውም የሪክ መኪና አላርም መጮኽ ጀመረ።

30 ቀናት በኋላ የመስከረም 1 ሽብር ተከሰተ።

በዚህ ወር, በኦገሰት 112017 .

ሴትዮ ለሪክ እንደገና ደወለችለት፡

ሪክ፡ አሁንም አላርም ደወሎች ይደውላሉ፤

በተጨማሪም የሞቶ ወፎች ከሰማይ ይወድቃሉ”

አለችው።

ይህን በነገረችው በጥቂት ደቂቃ ውስጥ

የሪክ መኪና ላይ የሞቱ ወፎች መውደቅ ጀመሩ

ሁለቱ ገለሰቦች በተለያዩ ከተሞች

በርቀት የሚኖሩ ናቸው፤ በዓመት ሁለቴ ቢሆን

ነው በስልክ የሚገናኙት።

ኦገስት 11, 2001 እና ኦገስት 11, 2017

16 ዓመታት ልዩነት አለ።

በመጪው መስከረም 1

የሁሉም ጥያቄ ይህ ነው፦

በአዲስ ዓመታችን፡ በመስከረም ፩፤ ፪ሺ፲ ዓ.ምን ይጠብቀን ይሆን?

One Of The Most Chilling Reports From Rick Wiles To Ever Be Aired!

If you do not believe we have reached the very end of this age…. if you do not believe God is just starting to pour out His wrath… if you do not believe that we are seeing the beginning of the end right now, then watch this! Not only has God given Rick Wiles insight and a prophetic Word for this very day, but things are revealed in these videos that will give you goosebumps, literally! Watch and be amazed! Jesus Christ is coming…VERY soon!

These are MUST-SEE videos, and extremely insightful both for those who know Bible prophecy, and those who do not. Rick Wiles takes everything that is going on, along with the Word God spoke to Him, and puts it all together… proving to us that we had better get our houses in order… right now!

He [the Lord] said I will give you a nation audience on television just before the judgment strikes America. Jim, nobody has invited me on television until you today. -Rick Wiles

We’re being overthrown by domestic enemies. We have been infiltrated and taken over from inside. -Rick Wiles

The Biblical pattern for judgments is drought, famine, pestilence, war. Drought, famine, pestilence, war, that’s the pattern. -Rick Wiles

The church in America is going underground…very, soon. -Rick Wiles

He [the Lord] said tell them to store something, something. He said they have to have something to share with others, if they have nothing to share, I have nothing to multiply. -Rick Wiles

This is a different hour. And I’ve told my staff, you know what, in years past it was pretty easy to build an end time ministry, talking about the end times, when it wasn’t the end times. But it’s now the end times. And it’s not easy anymore, and it’s dangerous. And some of us may lose our lives in the days ahead for doing what we’re doing. -Rick Wiles

There is a consuming fire coming to America, I don’t know how it’s coming, I don’t know the form, I don’t know if it’s an asteroid, I don’t know if it’s an army, I don’t know if it’s riots, I don’t know, the Lord is saying, tell the people a fire is coming. It will singe the sinners and purify the saints. -Rick Wiles

Jim, maybe God’s going to throw a burning rock over this country and it’s going to wake up some sleepy preachers, and they’re going to get on fire for Jesus again. -Rick Wiles

Scriptures

Joel 2:28 KJV And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:

Isaiah 9:10 NIV “The bricks have fallen down, but we will rebuild with dressed stone; the fig trees have been felled, but we will replace them with cedars.”

Revelation 19:20 NIV But the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who had performed the signs on its behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped its image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur.

Galatians 5:15 KJV But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.

I Peter 4:8 NIV Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.

I John 3:14 KJV We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.

Hebrews 10:25 KJV Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

Jeremiah 25:15 KJV For thus saith the Lord God of Israel unto me; Take the wine cup of this fury at my hand, and cause all the nations, to whom I send thee, to drink it.

Isaiah 2:19 KJV And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.

Matthew 24:7 NCV Nations will fight against other nations; kingdoms will fight against other kingdoms. There will be times when there is no food for people to eat, and there will be earthquakes in different places.

Matthew 24 – The Signs of the End of the Age

Acts 11:28-29 NKJV Then one of them, named Agabus, stood up and showed by the Spirit that there was going to be a great famine throughout all the world, which also happened in the days of Claudius Caesar. 29 Then the disciples, each according to his ability, determined to send relief to the brethren dwelling in Judea.

Matthew 25:1-13 – The Parable of the Ten Virgins

Rick Wiles: “The alarms are ringing everywhere I go.”

Rick’s amazing testimony

On last Friday’s broadcast of Trunews, on August 11 2017, host Rick Wiles shared an amazing warning about a major event happening soon in the United States.

His testimony began in 1998. A few weeks after publishing a new book called Judgment Day 2000, he attended a prophetic conference where he did not know anyone. To his surprise, a speaker at the event had already read his book and recognized him as the author, so they asked him to stand up and introduced him to the audience.

Published three years prior to the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001, the front cover of Rick’s book showed a photo of a lightning bolt striking the Twin Towers in New York City.

When Rick sat back down, a woman sitting behind him tapped him on the shoulder and asked to speak with him after the meeting. She later introduced herself as Leah Mandell and explained, “You’re the man that was in my dreams. Two years ago, I had a dream where I saw a man sitting at his computer. He was typing. I saw a book come down from the sky. It went into his head and then came out his fingers and he typed it. Then I saw the title of the book. It was called, Judgment Day. And I have been praying for you for two years, not even knowing who you are, I simply prayed for that man I saw in the dream that God would give him that book and he would fulfill the Lord’s assignment.”

Through that encounter, they became friends. Three years later, on August 11, 2001, exactly one month prior to the terrorist attacks, Rick was driving in his car when he received a phone call from Leah. She said, “Rick, something very odd is happening today. Alarm bells, everywhere I go today there are alarms ringing, car alarms, burglar alarms, fire alarms, even oven alarms, every place I go, I hear alarms ringing. What’s really strange is people are having trouble turning the alarms off. I go into stores, the alarm is ringing. I go into an office, the alarm is ringing. And they can’t get the things to turn off. The Lord told me, ‘Call Rick Wiles and tell him, “The alarms are ringing, and this time, they will not be turned off.”‘”

The moment she said that, Rick’s seatbelt alarm started ringing even though his seatbelt was fastened.

One month later was September 11, 2001. Alarms were going off everywhere in cars, buildings, fire engines, and everywhere.

Three days ago on August 11 2017, Rick was driving to his church when suddenly a dead bird fell from the sky and smashed into his windshield. The bird did not fly into his path, but fell out of the sky like it was already dead. Then he received a phone call from Leah Mandell saying, “Rick, the alarms are ringing. Everywhere I go today, alarms are ringing. And there’s something else, dead birds. I’m seeing dead birds. It seems like everywhere I go, there’s a dead bird.”

Then he realized the date was August 11, the same date when Leah had called him sixteen years earlier with a similar warning.

In the program, Rick and his co-hosts speculated about what the dead birds might mean, perhaps a reference to airplanes falling out of the sky.

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