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Testimony: Chester Higgins’s Homage to Ethiopia

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on May 19, 2015

I feel like our society is not as well grounded. We get our reference points from artificiality. Most of us are far removed from a sense of being connected to nature

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Chester Higgins Jr. has traveled to Africa every year since 1971 as a way to meditate, disconnect and examine his life. Through the experience of photographing new people and places, his art both shapes and reflects his narrative. And nowhere is that truer for him than in Ethiopia, a place that has long enchanted him.

It’s a great relief to step out of my comfort zone and live in a place for six weeks without having to worry about how people react to me,” said Mr. Higgins, whose work from Ethiopia is on display beginning this month at the Skoto Gallery in New York. “I think the problem we have as artists in America is pretty soon you can get locked into a paradigm that inhibits your creative expansion. One gains a cognitive freedom when you embrace the understanding that the world is much larger than your immediate reality. When I travel to Ethiopia or Africa I’m not in search of something exotic, I’m in search of reflections of myself. In Ethiopia, I’m no longer in a society where I am a minority. I am the majority.”

Mr. Higgins, a former staff photographer for The New York Times, has published several collections, including “Feeling the Spirit: Searching the World for the People of Africa.”

You would never travel to Africa if you listened to the news,” Mr. Higgins said. “I wanted people who couldn’t travel to get a feel from the book of what people are like elsewhere to expand horizons and perspectives.”

He first went to Ethiopia in 1973, prompted by news that African heads of state were gathering for an Organization of African Unity meeting in Addis Ababa. On that trip, he met and photographed the emperor of Ethiopia, Haile Selassie, and other heads of state. Taken by the calm sense of self he found among the Ethiopian people, he returned the following year to see other parts of the country.

“What I felt amazed me,” said Mr. Higgins, 68. “Ethiopians are a very proud people. Due to their isolation and history, other people are less important to them than they are to themselves. This sense of certainty is how they manage their lives.

Ethiopia is the only African nation that defeated an invading European army and maintained its independence. Ethiopians refer to their country as “The Land of Our Fathers,” and the fight to maintain it pumps the blood in their hearts.

“Their sense of pride is reinforced by their history, culture and environment,” Mr. Higgins said. “That’s not to say there aren’t problems, but there’s still a sense of awareness the people have among themselves and their culture. They live without being insecure about what they don’t know or what other people have that could rob them of who they are.

Those who live in the northern part of the country are highlanders, residing on mountains that rise 6,000 to 12,000 feet above sea level. Many Christians, Hebrews and Muslims have a monastic way of life and believe the only way to get close to God is to eliminate worldly distractions. Some Christian monasteries are atop mountains or on island lakes. There is a sense that the subterranean world is a type of spiritual cocoon.

In Ethiopia, church starts around 4 a.m. and ends at sunrise. This country is where Ethiopia’s Orthodox Christians believe the Ark of Covenant resides, and ruins from the time of Sheba, who is mentioned in the Bible, are found there.

The spirit and culture of the people in Ethiopia run deep, Mr. Higgins says. When visiting, he does not stay in the capital, preferring the remoteness of the country, which has layers of ancient beliefs, traditions and culture, all with a unique ancient personality.

It has taken me decades to get closer to the people and the culture,” he said. “I know I’m an outsider. As I learn more, I dive deeper in this water. I feel like our society is not as well grounded. We get our reference points from artificiality. Most of us are far removed from a sense of being connected to nature.”

That sensation can be intense, especially at night.

The stars are right on top of you at night,” he said. “Only in Ethiopia do you feel you can reach up and touch the floor of heaven. Parts of it look like the Grand Canyon. Other parts are up in the clouds.

Mr. Higgins’s exhibition at the Skoto Gallery, which runs from May 21 through June 20, is titled “Zéma,” which means melody. The exhibit includes landscapes, portraits and abstract imagery honoring ancestral spirits along the Blue Nile River.

“It’s my melody, my love song to Ethiopia. Obviously for me to go back for so many years, using my own money, I must be in love,” Mr. Higgins said, laughing. “I’ve never had an Ethiopian girlfriend, but I’m in love with the place. I share their love for their people, their culture and their history and for their present and future.”

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Ethiopia’s Monastic Highs

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on June 21, 2013

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My note: Great story, amazing pictures (excluding ‘Manchester’! Perhaps, the European Union could take some notice of the place, in case it needs some assistance from Prester John in the near future.

Alastair Sooke finds inspiration in the extraordinary churches of Ethiopia and scales a cliff to visit one of the oldest buildings in the world still in use – which his grandfather restored in the Forties.

“Are you going to climb barefoot or wearing boots?”

In front of me was a wall of creamy-brown rock, mottled with footholds worn through centuries of use. My destination was situated nearly 60ft above my head: the threshold to the ancient monastery of Debra Damo, which occupies the summit of a rocky outcrop, entirely surrounded by cliffs, in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia, a few miles south of the border with Eritrea. The only way to enter it is to haul yourself up a plaited-leather rope that hangs from a ledge adjoining the monastery’s gatehouse.

Thankfully, for outsiders like me, there is an additional strap that functions as a rudimentary safety harness, held taut by one or two monks above. After considering the question of my gung-ho guide, I unlaced my boots, in the hope that unshod feet would yield better grip, and began to heave. A few minutes later, my biceps burning, I clambered into the arms of the middle-aged monk who had been helping to pull me up. The hard part was behind me: the rest of the climb could be undertaken using steps.

Although this was my first visit to Debra Damo, I already felt some acquaintance with the monastery. This is because my maternal grandfather, Derek Matthews, who was an architect, lived among the monks here for several months while he restored the larger of the religious community’s two churches in the late 1940s. This crumbling structure has been used continuously for Christian worship since it was built, probably during the sixth century AD. My grandfather, who died in 2009, described it as “one of the oldest buildings in the world still in use”. As a child, I often heard about his time there, and imagined him as a nimble 28 year-old, hurtling up and down the leather rope with the sure-footed alacrity of a vervet monkey. At the end of last year, I decided to visit it for myself.

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An Extremely Rare Rainbow-Colored Cloud Over Ethiopia

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on April 7, 2013

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A couple of days ago, Esther Havens and I were working in Gondar in Northern Ethiopia… we got out of the car and looked up to see this incredible cloud structure overhead…

Time stood still as we sat there with eyes fixed upward, watching this irridescent orb slowly transform from one beauty to the next and I remain in awe at this display of the mystique of His Splendor.

[Psalms 19:1-4]  

The heavens declare the glory of God;

the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

Day after day they pour forth speech;

night after night they reveal knowledge.

They have no speech, they use no words;

no sound is heard from them.

Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,

their words to the ends of the world.

In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.

Originally posted: http://www.austinmann.com/trek/archives/1134

Perhaps, the majestic Rainbow of “Tisissat-Falls” is now beginning to float the Ethiopian skies to herald the good news? The greatest wonder is that we can see this phenomena and not wonder more.

In the year AD 312 an event occurred which utterly transformed the outward situation of the Church. As he was riding through France with his army, the Emperor Constantine looked up into the sky and saw a cross of light in front of the sun. With the cross there was an inscription: In this sign conquer. As a result of this vision, Constantine became the first Roman Emperor to embrace the Christian faith. On that day in France a train of events was set in motion which brought the first main period of Church history to an end, and which led to the creation of the Christian Empire of Byzantium

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ኢትዮጵያ ተከብባለች – አዎን ከሁሉም አቅጣጫ!

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on August 23, 2012

P.S: Republished Post from June 2012

ያዝነው ዓመት መጀመሪያ ላይ ሳዑዲ አረቢያ በአገሯ የሚመረቱትን እህል እና አታክልት ወደ ውጭ እንዳይላኩ ከለከለች። በተለይ በሳዑዲ የሚመረት ድንች ወደ ውጭ እንዳይላክ ተከልክሏል። የተሰጠውም ምክኒያት ሳውዲ የውሃ ኃብት ይዞታዋን መንከባከብ ይገባታል የሚል ነው።

በአዲስ አበባ የተባበሩት መንግሥታት የቀድሞው የምጣኔ ኃብት አማካሪ የነበሩትና ስዊዝራንዳዊ የማሕበረሰብ አጥኚ፡ አቶ Jean Ziegler ከአንድ የስፓኝ ራዲዮ ጣቢያ ጋር ባደረጉት ቃለ ምልልስ ሳዑዲ አረቢያ ወደ ስዊዘርላንድ በኤክስፖርት መልክ አሁን የምትልካቸው ድንቾች ኢትዮጵያ ውስጥ የተመረቱ ናቸው ብለው ነበር። ከኢትዮጵያ በሳውዲ በኩል ወደ አውሮፓ ማለት ነው። የሳዑዲ ባለስልጣናትና ንጉሣን ቤተሰቦች ለህክምና ወደ ስዊዘርላንድ ይላካሉ፤ የኢትዮጵያ ባለስልጣናት ደግሞ በሳዑዲ አረቢያ ሆስፒታሎች የኢትዮጵያን ፍራፍሬዎች ጭማቂ ፉት እያሉ ይታከማሉ። አማካሪዎቹ እነማን ቢሆኑ ነው? የትኛውስ ጋኔን እየጠራቸው ይሆን? ከዚህ በፊት አንድ የማውቃቸው ሰውየ አዲስ አበባ መንገድ ላይ አገኘኋቸውና፤ እባክህ ልጄ ከውጭ አገር መድኃኒቱን ላክልኝአሉኝ። ደስ ይለኛል ግን መድኃኒቱ ባይፈውሰዎት እኔን እንዳይረግሙኝ፡ እዚህ እናንተ ጋር እኮ ሁሉም ነገር አለ፤ መድኃኒቱንም ቅዱሳን ተራራዎቻችን፤ አብያተክርስቲያኖቻችንና ገዳሞቻችን አጠገብ ያገኙታል፤ እስኪ ከጠበሏ ፉት ይበሉአልኳቸው። ወደጠበል እንደሄዱና ደህንነታቸውም እንደተመለሰላቸው ስሰማ በጣም ደስ አለኝ፤ እንኳን መድኃኒቱን አልላኩላቸው አልኩ። ለህክምና እያሉ ውጭ የወጡና ከፈውሱ ይልቅ በሽታ፡ ስቃይ ገዝተው የተመለሱና እድሜያቸውም ያጠረባቸው ብዙ ሰዎች አውቃለሁና። በርግጥ ዘመናዊ ህክምና አስፈላጊ የሚሆንበት ጊዜ አለ።

የነዳጅ ዘይት ለመጀመሪያ ጊዜ ከምድር በብዛት ከመውጣቱ በፊት፡ በድህነትና በኋላቀርነት ለዘመናት በበረሃ ተከብበው ይኖሩ የነበሩት አረቦች ዱሮ በገንዘብና ምግብ እጥረት የተጋለጡ ነበሩ። ከሁሉ ይበልጥ እጥረታቸው በተለይ የውሃ ጥማት ነበር። እነዚህ የበረሃ ሕዝቦች ሌት ተቀን ስለ ውሃ ነበር ሲያስቡ የሚውሉት፤ በመጀመሪያ አረቢያን ለቀው እስከ ደቡብ አውሮፓ ድረስ ለብዙ የወረራ ጦርነቶች ያደፋፈራቸው የእስልምና እምነታቸው ብቻ ሳይሆን ውሃ ለማግኘት፣ የለማ ቦታ ለማየት ከፍተኛ ፍላጎትና ናፍቆት ሰለነበራቸው ነበር። ባጠቃላይ እንደ አረብ ውሃ የሚናፍቀው ሕዝብ በዓለም ላይ የለም።

ታዲያ ይህን የውሃ ጥማታቸውን እንዴት ማርካት ይችላሉ?

የነዳጅ ዘይት ተቆፍሮ ከመውጣቱ በፊት፡ የባትሪና ኤሌክትሪክ ጥበብ በቅድሚያ ተደርሶበት ነበር። በዘመናችን በቴክኖሎጂው ቀድመው ያደጉት አገሮችና ሕዝቦች ሞተሮቻቸውን፤ መኪናዎቻቸውን ገና ከመቶ ዓመታት በፊት፡ በባትሪና በኤሌክትሪክ ሃይል የማንቀሳቀስ ችሎታው ነበራቸው። የመጀመሪያዎቹ የኤሊክትሪክ መኪና በብዛት መሠራት በጀመሩበት ወቅት አንዳንድ በነዳጅ ዘይት የሚሠሩ መኪናዎችም እንደ አማራጭ ተደርገው ይመረቱ ነበር፤ ነገር ግን የሚገማ ጭሳቸው ተዋድጅነት ስላላገኘ፡ የኤሊክትሪክ (እለቄጥሩ) መኪናዎቹ (ሠረገላዎች) ይመረጡ ፤ በሰፊውም ተቀባይነት አግኝተው ነበር።

ይህ ዓይነቱ ሁኔታ ያላስደሰተው የሉሲፈር ቡድን ግን ዓለምን በዘይት ለማስከር፤ የእግዚአብሔርን ልጆች ጤንነት ለመጉዳት እንዲሁም ተፈጥሮን ለማበላሸትና ውሃ የተጠሙትን አረብ ልጆቹን ማገልገል ስለፈለገ በነዳጅ ዘይት የሚንቀሳቀሱትን መኪናዎችና ሞተሮች እውቀቱን ባካፈላቸው አውሮፓውያን በኩል እየተመረቱ እንዲወጡ አዘዘ። ስለመጀመሪያዎቹ ኤሊክትሪክ ሠረገላዎች እዚህች ላይ ይመልከቱ

ይህን የተገነዘቡት አረቦችም እየቆዩ ነቁ ተበረታቱ (አዎፓውያን አበረታቷቸው) ፤ ውሃ የሚያገኙበትንም ጎዳና መጥረግ ጀመሩ። ቆየት ብለውም እኛ ቆሻሻውን ጥቁር ውሃ፡ ዘይትን፡ ስለምናወጣ መጀመሪያ እረፍት የሌላቸውን ምዕራባውያንን በነዳጅ እናስክር፡ ከዚያ ዶላራቸውን እየተቀበልን በ ጎተራ እያስቀመጥን እንመዝብራቸው፡ ዘይቱ ይጣፍጣቸዋል፡ ያስከራቸውማል፡ በስካራቸው ላይም እንዳሉ፡ በጠበል ውሃ ኃብት የተካነችውን ኢትዮጵያን ለረሃብና ድህነት እንዲያጋልጡልን እንቆስቁሳቸው፡ ከዚያ ኢትዮጵያውያኑ ደክመው፣ ድኽይተው በረሃብ አለንጋ ሲገረፉ፡ እኛን ለመለመን ይገደዳሉ፣ ዶላር ናፈቀን ብለው እሱን ማምለክ ይጀምራሉ፣ ከዚያ ያዘጋጀናቸውን ልጆቻችንን ለስለስ፡ ሸልሸል ብለው ወደ ኢትዮጵያ እንዲገቡ ካደረግን በኋላ የተቀደሱትን የኢትዮጵያ የጠበል ውሃዎች መጥጠን እንጨርስባቸዋለን፤ ዱሮም ነብያችን ውሃው ሲጠማው የኢትዮጵያ አየር ሸቶት ነበር ሰላዮቹንም ወደኢትዮጵያ ተልከው እንዲሄዱ አድርጎ ነበር።ይላሉ።

የኢትዮጵያ ጠላቶች አገሪቷን ለመቆጣጠር ዳርዳር እያሉ ነው፡ የወረራውም ጊዜ እየተቃረበ ነው፤ አገራችን ከባሕር እንድትነጠል ተደርጋለች፤ በኤርትራ የሚገኙት ልጆቿም እንዲያምጹ፡ ጥላቻ እንዲገዙ ተደርገዋል፤ በዚህም ምክኒያት አደገኛው የተባበሩት መንግሥታት ድርጅት በኢትዮጵያ ምድር ሰላም ጠባቂ መስሎ ሰተት ብሎ በመግባት ሥራውን እየሰራ ነው፤ ባካባቢዋ የሚገኙትም አገሮች አንድ ባንድ በጠላቶቻችን እጅ ሥር በመግባት ላይ ናቸው፤ በአየር ላይም መንኮራኩሮቻቸው በተራቀቁ ሌንሶች ታጥቀዋል ወደ አገራችንም ላይ ካነጣጠሩ ውለው አድረዋል።

በተለይ አፍጋኒስታን ልክ የኢትዮጵያ ዓይነት ተራራማ የመልክዓምድራዊ ባሕርይ ስላላት ለወታደራዊ ልምምድ አመች ነች፤ የኔቶ ወታደሮችም ለኢትዮጵያ ወረራ የሚረዳቸውን ብዙ ልምድ በአፍጋኒስታን በመቅመስ ላይ ናቸው። የአረብ ጸደይ የሚል እንቅስቃሴ እንዲደረግ በመገፋፋት ደግሞ ውጭ የሚገኙ የሰሜን አፍሪቃና የመካከለኛው ምስራቅ ተወላጆች በምን ዓይነት መልክ መንግሥታቱን መገለባበጥ እንደሚችሉ አስፈላጊውን ልምድ በመቅሰም ላይ ናቸው፤ ውጭ የሚገኙ አንዳንድ ኢትዮጵያውያን ለዚህ ዓይነቱ ሉሲፈራዊ ዘመቻ አውቀውም ሆነ ሳያውቁ በመዘጋጀት ላይ ይገኛሉ። እሽ፡ አሁን ሰሜን አፍሪቃ በነርሱ እጅ ገብታለች፣ ጅቡቲና ኬኒያ ሁልጊዜ የነርሱ ናቸው፤ ሱዳን፣ ኡጋንዳ፣ ሶማሊያና የመንም በቅርቡ ሙሉበሙሉ በነርሱ እጅ ይወድቃሉ፤ የዓለም ትኩረት በአፍጋኒስታን፣ ኢራቅ፣ ሶሪያ፣ ፍልስጤምና ግብጽ ላይ ነው፤ ነገር ግን ትልቁ የሉሲፈር ዓይን ግን በኢትዮጵያ ላይ ነው ያረፈው።

ይህች ብዙ ምስጢር የተደበቃበት አገራችን ምን ያህል ድብቅ ኃብት እንደያዘች ለኛ ለሞኞቹ ነው እንጂ እስካሁን ያልተገለጥልን፣ ሉሲፈርማ ገና ድሮ ከአዳምና ሔዋን ጊዜ አንስቶ ነው ይህን ምስጢር ያውቅ የነበረው። አሁን የቴክኖሎጂ ነገር እጅግ እየተራቀቀ በመጣበት ዘመናችን የሉሲፈር ምርጥ ልጆች የምስጢሩ ተካፋዮች ለመሆን በቅተዋል ፤ በዓይኖቻችን ሊታዩ የማይቻሉትን አንዳንድ ረቂቅ ነገሮችንም ለማየት እየተቻላቸው ነው፤ ታይተው የማይታወቁ፡ እኛ መናፍስት የምንላቸውን ነገሮች ለመከታተል ችሎታውን እያገኙ ነው። ከዚህ ቀደም ይህን ጽሑፍ አቅርቤ ነበር፤ ይህ ቦታ የኢትዮጵያ ምስጢራት ከተደበቁባቸው ቦታዎች አይርቅም፤ እነዚህ ቦታዎች የኢትዮጵያን ብርቅ ገዳማት የሚያጠቃልል ነው። የሉሲፈር ሠራዊት ይህን ቦታ ቃኝቶ ደርሶበታል፣ የነካተሪናን አውሎ ነፋስ የሚቀሰቅሰው የእግዚአብሔር አምላክ እስትንፋሽ፣ ኃያሎቹ ቅዱሳናት ከሚገኙባቸው የኢትዮጵያ ተራራዎችና ገዳማት እንደሚፈልቅ ተገንዝበወታል።

የሉሲፈር ወገኖች ባወጡት ፕላናቸው፤ የኢትዮጵያ ሕዝብ በረሃብና በሽታዎች እንዲደክምና እንዲዋረድ ይደረጋል፡ በኋላም ማንነቱን ለማወቅ ስለሚሳነው ፣ አገሩን እየለቀቀ መሰደድ ይጀምራል፣ በመጨረሻም አገሩን፣ ወገኑን፣ እራሱንም አሳልፎ እስከመሸጥ ይደርሳልየሚል ሃሳብ አላቸው። ይህንንም ዕቅዳቸውን አሁን በሥራ ላይ ለማዋል በመታገል ላይ ይገኛሉ። ግማሹ የሕዝባችን ክፍል አውቆም ሆነ ሳያውቅ ለአገሪቷ ጠላቶች በቀጥታም ሆነ በተዘዋዋሪ ይሠራል፤ እነርሱንም በማገልገል ላይ ይገኛል፣ ገንዘብና ቁሳቁስ እንዲያፈቅር ተደርጓል፣ ሰይጣን ለ6ሺህ ዓመታት ያህል የተዋጋለትን ክቡር ነፍሡን ለሰይጣን አርበኞች አሳልፎ በመስጠት አንድ ቀን የማይቆየውን ጊዜአዊ እርካታ በመሸመት ላይ ይገኛል።

ሰው ዓለምን ሁሉ ቢያተርፍ ነፍሱንም ቢያጐድል ምን ይጠቅመዋል?” – ማር. 8 36 –

 በመጨረሻ ብዙ ተዓምር እንደምናይ፡ የኢትዮጵያ ጠላቶችም አንድ በአንድ እንደሚቀነጠሱ፡ ዓለምም ለመገረም እንደሚበቃ አንጠራጠር። አንመለስም፤ ንስሐ አንገባም ብለው የከበቡን ኃይሎች ውጊያውን የተያያዙት እጅግ በጣም ግዙፍ ከሆነውና ከማይሸነፈው ኃይል ጋር ነው።

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The Tenth Saint

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on April 19, 2012

 

by D. J. Niko

In her first novel, D. J. Niko establishes Sarah Weston as an appealing character who can easily be carried through the two additional novels already under contract. A fine addition to the growing genre of archeological thrillers, “The Tenth Saint” benefits from Niko’s persuasive handling of Sarah’s tenacious personality, the remote and exotic Ethiopian setting, conspiracy theories, and romance. Somewhat less persuasive is the time travel element, but that, too, remains at least intriguing.

Born to wealth and privilege, Cambridge University archeologist Sarah Weston has long shed any debutante sensibilities she may have had. As she leads her research team in a remote mountain area, the ancient kingdom of Aksum, Ethiopia, Sarah faces physical risk and hardship unflinchingly. Unexpectedly, she comes across a sealed tomb and unusual inscriptions.

Assisted by American anthropologist Daniel Madigan, she strives to translate the inscriptions and identify the tomb – which is somehow connected with the Coptic Christians and their saintly mystics. The clues take them to Addis Ababa, monasteries in Lalibela (a holy city), and to an underground library housing a codex that is the key to the mysteries of the past – and possibly to those of the future.

Ms. Niko’s narration alternates between the ongoing present that traces Sarah’s hazardous investigation and a remote past (4th century CE) in which an individual at first unidentified and suffering from amnesia is eventually revealed to be the tenth saint of Coptic tradition. He is a Caucasian westerner named Gabriel who has somehow turned up all but entombed under desert sands. Discovered and nursed to health by Bedouins, he becomes part of their community, mastering their medicinal lore. After five years, it becomes clear that he must move on to pursue his gradually revealed mission.

The messages left behind by Gabriel – and echoed by a 14th-century letter which is given to Sarah in Paris – involve poetic prophecies of an apocalypse brought on by human endeavors. There are references, in particular, not only to climate change but also to dangerous initiatives to control its consequences. While some would wish the apocalyptic vision revealed, others would wish that it remain hidden. Powerful vested interests, including those of Sarah’s father, are at work. What Sarah and Daniel discover brings them many more enemies than friends. . .

Continue reading…

Part One

Part Two

 

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The Coming World Dictator

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on May 17, 2011


by Wayne Blank

There is a world dictator coming. He’s going to defeat all other leaders, kings, presidents, prime ministers, and annihilate their armed forces if they do not immediately and unconditionally surrender to him. He’s going to take over the United States of America, Canada, Britain, Australia, New Zealand, all of Europe, Russia, China, India, all of the countries of the Middle East, Africa, South America, and every other country on earth. Democracy will not exist (even in countries where it does exist now, it’s often become so perverted that it isn’t true democracy anymore anyway – democracy began with honest candidates with principles, that people could either vote for or against; now, candidates are more often political harlots who will promise and “stand for” anything that they think will buy them votes) because he will rule all nations according to his own will.

This coming world dictator is going to do away with the separation of church and state (in the relatively few countries where it now exists) and at the same time abolish Roman Catholicism, Protestantism, Judaism, Mohammadanism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and all other religions and religious “isms,” and enforce his own religion upon the whole world. He will not tolerate rebels and non-conformists; they will be dealt with quickly and with lethal force. Under his control, there will be Law, and there will be Order, in all the world – there will be no more crime, war, hunger, poverty, or social injustice, anywhere.

Does that “world dictator” sound ominous and scary? Relax. He’s the most righteous and loving ruler that this world will ever have. The name of that “dictator” is Jesus Christ.

“For all nations shall come and worship before Thee”

The return of Jesus Christ will happen with overwhelming power. Many great conquerors of the past have claimed to “take on the world,” but all failed. Jesus Christ is going to succeed:

“And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and He that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He doth judge and make war [see Two Very Different Triumphal Entries]. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns; and He had a name written, that no man knew, but He Himself. And He was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and His Name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed Him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of His mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the nations: and He shall rule them with a rod of iron: and He treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He hath on His vesture and on His thigh a Name written, King Of kings, and Lord of lords” (Revelation 19:11-16)

The world will have one Ruler, Jesus Christ, who will provide peace and security for all.

“And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of The Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths: for out of Zion [see Who, What or Where Is Zion? and Daughter of Zion] and shall go forth the Law, and the Word of The Lord from Jerusalem. And He shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.” (Isaiah 2:2-4)

There will be one religion, the worship of the only true God, and “all nations shall come and worship before Thee”:

“And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvelous are Thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are Thy ways, Thou King of saints. Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify Thy Name? For thou only art Holy: for all nations shall come and worship before Thee; for Thy judgments are made manifest.” (Revelation 15:3-4)

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