FROGS VS FISH – HOW A NATIVE SPECIES BECAME A GOD

The FEDERAL government just locked up another 3,000 sq. miles of public land in California by designating it as “Critical Habitat” for three different species of frogs.

This action is no surprise to me because for the past 16 years I’ve been tracking the fact that biologists have granted certain species of frogs and toads an elevated, almost mythic status similar to gray wolves.   In 2002 former National Park biologist Harold Werner bragged about the trout eradication program he began in Yosemite National Park. Werner and his colleagues hoped to expand the program to 150 Sierra lakes in order to mitigate a “known threat” to the amphibian population.  The fact that “non-native” trout species had co-existed with frogs and toads since they were planted in California’s Sierra Nevada Range nearly 90 years ago didn’t matter. A lawsuit filed by environmental groups led by the Center for Biological Diversity claims that the trout have to go in order to save frogs, and park biologists are eager to oblige.

Werner’s projection of the number of lakes that needed to be rendered fishless in order to protect frogs and toads may have been woefully understated.   To date, Federal and State agents have been on a poisoning and gill netting campaign to exterminate “non-native” fish both inside and outside of park boundaries.  By early 2013 some 89 named lakes and hundreds of miles of streams throughout the Sierra Nevada range had been “restored to their natural, fishless condition”.   Actions to remove trout from Sixty Lakes Basin make no mention of the total number of lakes and streams targeted, but it appears that the entire basin was treated as one waterway.

frog habitatThe USFWS “Critical Habitat” designation comprises close to 1 million acres for the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog, an additional 221,498 acres for a sub-species of mountain yellow-legged frog, and another 750,926 acres for the Yosemite toad.  This recently enacted  mandate will likely expand the trout removal program ten fold and include hundreds of additional alpine lakes and thousands of miles of streams.

But trout fishing in the Sierra Nevada is not the only activity that will take a hit because of the new protections for frogs. Other activities that will be more strictly controlled or eliminated altogether include cattle grazing, flood control (dam building), fire management and suppression, and timber harvesting. Sixteen risk factors have been identified that supposedly need to be mitigated to insure the survival of the frogs and toads.  These factors are:

  • Acid deposition
  • Airborne contaminants, including pesticides
  • Climate change
  • Disease
  • Fire management, including fire suppression
  • Habitat loss and fragmentation
  • Introduced fish and other predators
  • Livestock grazing
  • Locally applied pesticides
  • Recreational activities, including packstock
  • Research activity
  • Restoration
  • Roads
  • UV-B radiation
  • Vegetation and fuels management
  • Water development and diversion

Unfortunately, as I predicted in my 2014 article entitiled, “Where Does Your Treasure Lie- How Preserving Native Species has become a Religion“, the removal of “non-native” trout to protect frogs is not limited to California, but is spreading across the country.

In Wyoming, the Teton Wilderness “lake restoration” project is expected to be completed be the summer of 2017.   Currently, the Wyoming Department of Fish and Game (WDFG) is killing “non-native” trout in two lakes and creeks in the Teton Wilderness just south of Yellowstone National Park.  Introduced Rainbow and Brook Trout will be eradicated with Rotenone applications in Dime Lake and Mystery Lake and their corresponding outflows.   Mystery Lake will be restocked with “native” cutthroat trout, while Dime lake will be left fishless in order to protect the “native” Columbia Spotted Frog population.

Further south, in the Wind River Range, research is currently being conducted on other Rocky Mountain amphibian populations to determine how best to mitigate threats to their survival.   Quoting from one field study (linked below),  “threats include diseases such as amphibian chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) and Ranavirus, pesticides, herbicides, environmental pollutants, invasive species, non-native species, ultraviolet radiation, and habitat loss and fragmentation.”

Of course the terms invasive and non-native refer to multiple species of introduced trout.  It is a historical fact that just as the high mountain lakes in the Sierra Range were historically fishless, most of the alpine lakes and high mountain streams in the Wind River Range were also fishless prior to the fish stocking programs conducted in the 1930’s and ’40’s by Finis Mitchell and others.  As a result of the tireless work of these individuals, the Wind River Range was transformed from a barren landscape into one of the most unique and diverse trout fisheries anywhere in the world.  But now, after nearly 90 years of living side by side with frogs the trout have all of a sudden become a “known threat”, and must be destroyed.

Wake up Wyoming!  In a few short years hundreds of Wind River lakes and streams that now contain self-sustaining populations of “non-native” trout such Rainbow, Brook, German Brown, California Golden, Yellowstone Cutthroat, and Arctic Grayling, may be rendered fishless in order to protect an arbitrarily designated “keystone” species that may, in fact, be succumbing to factors other than “non-native” trout.

 

Sources for this article:

http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article97900392.html

https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-26/pdf/2016-20352.pdf

http://www.sierranaturenotes.com/naturenotes/SavingFrogs.htm

http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41027

http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprd3836426.pdf

http://www.thefishsite.com/fishnews/9493/insects-and-trout-topdown-ecosystem-study/

https://www.uwyo.edu/wyndd/_files/docs/reports/wynddreports/u14est01wyus.pdf

https://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2016/foothill-yellow-legged-frog-03-16-2016.html

http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5363180.pdf

 

RMEF: A Wolf in Elk Clothing

The average American sportsman is unaware that the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation [RMEF] exists to promote REWILDING.  [For those of you who are ignorant of the REWILDING concept, please see my previous blog posts on the topic.]

One of RMEF’s primary goals is to restore elk to their natural “historic range” across North America.[i]   For most sportsmen, that sounds like a great idea.  But what will America look like if/when RMEF’s stated  goal of elk restoration is complete?

Compare RMEF’s vision for elk restoration with the wolf advocate’s vision for continental scale gray wolf conservation/restoration as stated on the REWILDING Institute webpage:

We call for the recovery of wolves across North America.  Such recovery means:

  • Restoration of wolves in suitable habitat throughout their former range in North America, from the Northern Sierra Madre Occidental in Mexico to the Canadian Rockies and Coast Range, and from the U.S. Pacific Northwest to the Upper Great Lakes and to upstate New York and New England.
  • Restoration of potentially suitable habitats and crucial linkages between patches of suitable wolf habitat where wolves are free to behave like wolves.
  • Restoration of wolves in ecologically and evolutionarily effective populations so that they may fulfill their natural keystone role of ecosystem regulation, aiding the persistence of native flora and fauna.
  • Restoration of wolves throughout this expanse, so that all wolf populations are connected by a continuum of functioning dispersal linkages.

In short, we envision the return of the wolf to its rightful place in North American wildlands, to a community where humans dwell with respect and tolerance for wild species. [ii]

 

“The RMEF works to reestablish elk herds in historic ranges where the habitat and human cultural tolerance create a high potential for self-sustaining herds.”[iii]

“The RMEF uses advanced habitat mapping technology (GIS) to identify and prioritize the most crucial elk winter and summer ranges, migration corridors and calving areas. We then work with our partners, including willing landowners, government agencies, corporations, foundations and other conservation groups to permanently protect the most critical habitat and target areas for public access. Our land conservation tools include: land acquisitions, access agreements and easements, land and real estate donations, contributions, land exchanges and associated acres.”

http://www.rmef.org/Conservation/HowWeConserve/LandProtection.aspx

 

RMEF’s vision for elk restoration is every bit as expansive as the REWILDING Institute’s wolf restoration vision.  RMEF is working toward the same goal using elk that the wolf advocates are striving to accomplish using wolves, a vision collectively known as “Continental Scale REWILDING”, albeit with a nod given by RMEF to the notion of “cultural tolerance”:

Perhaps the parallels between the wolf advocate’s agenda and the RMEF agenda can best be demonstrated by a comparison of each groups own map showing the current and historic ranges of their favorite “keystone” species.  The wolf range map is posted on the Defender’s of Wildlife webpage.  The elk range map is posted on an RMEF page.  (Note: both maps are used here without permission under the “fair use” copyright exception and are intended for educational and discussion purposes only.)

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Historic gray wolf range closely mirrors historic elk range.  This is not surprising to anyone who has studied the history of wildlife in North America.  In fact, as I noted in my 2004 article entitled “The Howling-  Reflections on the Rocky Mountain Wolf Recovery Program and the Implications for Non-migratory Caribou and Elk”,  if wolf populations are allowed to continue expanding, they will continue driving down ungulate numbers to unacceptable levels UNLESS large prey species such as elk are allowed to greatly expand their range by re-establishing historic migration patterns.  This can only be accomplished by REWILDING large swaths of rural America.

Again, the goals are the same.  While one group utilizes a large carnivore to accomplish REWILDING objectives, the other uses a prey species.  It should also be noted that other groups advocate  just as vehemently for the restoration of the historic ranges for their favorite species- i.e. wild horses, bison, grizzly bears or jaguars.  All of these advocacy groups seek to control how our land is utilized and what America will look like in the not too distant future.

I find it ironic and somewhat hypocritical that sportsmen can decry the expansion of gray wolf range, yet applaud the expansion of elk range.  There are some notable differences in tactics and strategy between the prey and predator advocacy groups, but the goal of taking, a.k.a. “acquiring” private property and creating massive “cores” and connecting “corridors” between large swaths of permanently protected areas is identical.

RMEF primarily gains ground by “establishing conservation easements, facilitating land exchanges and conducting land acquisitions that allow strategic parcels of private land to be protected from development”.   Radical REWILDING groups acquire land, or control of land, in much the same way.  They all gain ground by lobbying politicians and infiltrating land management agencies to influence how existing public land is utilized while advocating for increased wilderness and core conservation areas.

RMEF promotes elk for their own sake, yet also as a species to be enjoyed, managed, and hunted for sport and food.   The wolf advocates also want to see elk range greatly expanded, but primarily because they view elk as a needed food source for their favorite large carnivore as it repatriates itself to the farthest reaches of their former range.

The REWILDING agenda elevates the protection of wildlife above everything else. Success is measured by how much land is acquired and/or controlled.   Successfully implemented, REWILDING precludes or restricts land uses such as livestock grazing, timber harvesting,  mineral extraction, dam building, or any other use that might conflict with the perceived needs of the target, or “keystone” species.

So….to answer the question,  “What will America look like if/when RMEF’s stated goal of elk restoration is complete?   –  It will look exactly the same if/when the Defender’s of Wildlife,  Center for Biological Diversity,  Wildlands Project, the REWILDING Institute, and yes, the advocates for UN Agenda 21, achieve their goals.

Sources for this article:

[i] http://www.rmef.org/Conservation/HowWeConserve.aspx

 

[ii] http://rewilding.org/rewildit/about-tri/vision/

 

[iii] http://www.rmef.org/Conservation/HowWeConserve.aspx

 

TEMPLE OF BEL COMING TO LONDON AND NEW YORK

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Artist rendering of what the Palmyra Arch will look like in Trafalgar Square.  [Credit: Institute for Digital Archaeology]
[UPDATED APRIL 7, 2016]

Last August, the Islamic State, a.k.a. “ISIS”, made a big show of demolishing the Temple of Bel in the ancient Syrian city of  Palmyra and executing Khaled al As’ad, a retired university professor and antiquities specialist.  When ISIS raiders demanded to know where Palmyra’s treasures were stored, Khaled refused to tell them. Instead of divulging the location where many of the site’s artifacts were stored, Khaled pointed to the ancient columns and ruins, and said, “There is the treasure of Palmyra”.[i]

In honor of  the damaged UNESCO World Heritage site, three full scale models of the Palmyra Arch, which served as the ceremonial entrance to the ancient pagan temple, are now under construction using 3-D printing and will go on display April 19th in Trafalgar Square in London, Times Square in New York, and downtown Dubai. [ii]

[UPDATE: The London Telegraph is now reporting that the New York installation has been postponed. The Institute for Digital Archaeology website says the Times Square installation will take place in September.   The Telegraph is also reporting that the arch under construction has been changed from the “Temple of Bel Arch” to the “Triumphal Entry Arch”.   Read full story here.

This is a global demonstration of advanced 3-D printing technology that will allow many ancient sites to be restored/rebuilt in the years ahead under the auspices of UNESCO and the Venice Charter.

The Venice Charter went into effect in 1964 and calls for the restoration and reconstruction of ancient archeological buildings and sites. With 3-D printing technology now available on a large scale, the Charter has taken on a life of it’s own.  The entire Temple of Bel, which was destroyed at Palmyra last year by ISIS, can and will be rebuilt.  Thousands of photographs and precise measurements are already being compiled at the Institute for Digital Archeology.

It is also possible that the ancient Jewish Temple can be rebuilt using this same technology. There are already several UNESCO World Heritage designations within the borders of Israel. Could it be that the Jerusalem “problem” will be settled by a World Heritage designation for the entire Old City, including the Temple Mount? Israel may look favorably on such a designation if it means the Venice Charter could/would be invoked on the Temple Mount in the years ahead.

Unlike the ancient Jewish Temple, the original Temple of Bel was dedicated to the Mesopotamian god Ba’al, “whose principal forms of worship were burning babies alive and bisexual orgies.”[iii]   While the temple’s destruction at the hands of ISIS is considered a loss of unprecedented historic and archeological significance, its reconstruction using the latest in 3-D printing technology is considered a monumental technological achievement.

Palmyra’s long and bloodied history has continued well into the 21st Century.  The Islamic State, a.k.a. “ISIS”  has been murdering people and carrying out the systematic destruction and looting of antiquities sites across Syria and Iraq on an industrial scale.  As the cost in human casualties mounts, troves of historical treasures and artifacts are being demolished or stolen, with many rare pieces being sold into private collections in order to fund the weapons of war.

Khaled al As’ad spent his life cataloguing and preserving the historical artifacts unearthed from the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra.  When news reports surfaced of the beheading of 82 year old Khaled last August in front of the ancient temple, few people fathomed the historical significance.

Khaled’s headless body was left lying among the very ruins he worked so hard to preserve. A sign with the word “heretic” scribbled in blood was placed across his chest.

Ironically, two thousand years ago, such blood letting was a near daily occurrence on that very same ground, only it wasn’t 82 year old men who were being beheaded, but scores of infants and children.  While many westerners may view the Palmyra Arch and the Temple of Bel as a “symbol of religious tolerance and multi-culturalism”,  others may view them as a symbol of sexual perversion and a reminder of the millions of babies still being sacrificed on the altar of convenience.

 

 

Sources for this article:

[i] http://www.history.com/news/palmyra-arch-that-survived-isis-will-be-recreated-in-new-york-and-london

[ii]http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/05/middleeast/syria-isis-palmyra-arch-of-triumph/

http://blogs.voanews.com/techtonics/2016/04/01/palmyra-triumphal-arch-comes-to-life-in-3-d-printed-display/?from=lister

[iii] http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/64582/temple-baal-ancient-idol-worshiped-biblical-times-will-stand-times-square-biblical-zionism/#Gz8jD83K7VS3Aes1.97

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/sep/01/temple-bel-palmyra-isis-yria

https://www.rt.com/news/337919-russian-advisers-syria-palmyra/

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-35188860

http://digitalarchaeology.org.uk/

http://www.icomos.org/venicecharter2004/

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3376093/Ancient-arch-Palmyra-site-destroyed-Isis-recreated-Trafalgar-Square-world-s-largest-3D-printer-call-action.html

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/03/31/the-wounded-phoenix-of-palmyra/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Avoiding Armageddon: The UN Plan to Save the World

In the last month of 1992, Thomas Banyacya, an elder from the Hopi people, traveled from his home in Kykotsmovi, Arizona, to address the United Nations general assembly.  Banyacya brought with him a message of warning from the ancient Hopi prophecies.  He stood at the podium and told the body of representatives what they must do to avoid the “great day of Purification”, which Banyacya and the other Hopi elders believed was soon coming upon the earth.

“If we humans do not wake up to the warnings, the great purification will come to destroy this world just as the previous worlds were destroyed.”

[Full text of Banyacya’s 1992 UN speech is archived at the Alpha Institute, click here.]

Prior to Banyacya’s speech, Oren Lyons, Faithkeeper of the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy, gave three shouts to indicate that the representatives were about to hear a message of great spiritual importance.  Many UN delegates were not even in attendance for Banyacya’s speech.  However, to insure the message was not missed, Banyacya also delivered a private letter containing significantly more details about the Hopi prophecies to John L. Washburn, who was then the director of the Executive Office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations serving under Javier Pérez de Cuéllar and Boutros Boutros-Ghali.

[Note: John Washburn later served as a director in the United Nations Department of Political Affairs and is currently the Director and Convener for the American Non-governmental Organizations Coalition on the International Criminal Court (AMICC), Co-Chair of the Washington Working Group on the International Criminal Court (WICC), and director of the activities of the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA).  Washburn also helped develop the idea of “collective intelligence”.]

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“Prophecy Rock” – Hopi Reservation, Arizona

Six months prior to Banyacya’s warning, UN delegates from around the world met in Rio de Janeiro for the first “Earth Summit” to discuss strategy and set goals directly related to Banyacya’s message. It was at that first Earth Summit where “Agenda 21” and the concept of global “sustainable development” was unveiled to the entire world.  Leaders at the highest levels of the UN  had spent decades formulating an anthropocentric response to warnings about “Armageddon”, the end of the world, or coming judgement, as expressed by Banyacya and foretold in many religious traditions, among them, Islam, Judaism, and of course, Christianity.

In support of the emerging UN agenda, Banyacya warned:

“It should be the mission of your nations and this assembly to use your power and rules to examine and work to cure the damage people have done to this Earth and to each other.”

There are two paths. The first with technology but separate from natural and spiritual law leads to…. chaos. The lower path is one that remains in harmony with natural law… If we return to spiritual harmony and live from our hearts, we can experience a paradise in this world. If we continue only on this upper path, we will come to destruction. It’s up to all of us, as children of Mother Earth, to clean up this mess before it’s too late.”

But forging a new “collective” functioning world order out of the tumultuous sea of nations takes time.  On September 25, 2015, the United States joined with 192 other nations and officially committed to full implementation of the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.  The start date for this “new world order” officially begins January 1, 2016, however the “Agenda” has been in the works for decades, if not centuries.

Most of these “world leaders” believe, and have convinced significant segments of their own nations, that if humanity could be united under a set of  “common goals” we could save the planet from the effects of poverty, climate change, and/or global war, essentially avoiding the great “Day of Purification”.

“The new agenda is a promise by leaders to all people everywhere. It is an agenda for people, to end poverty in all its forms – an agenda for the planet, our common home…These Goals are a blueprint for a better future. Now we must use the goals to transform the world. We will do that through partnership and through commitment. We must leave no-one behind.” – UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon- 9/25/2015

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The United Nations is going GREEN in order to save the planet.

Unfortunately, UN Secretary General Moon, along with all the other so-called “world leaders”, have misplaced their collective hope.  Environmental degradation, poverty and war are NOT the result of income inequality.  All such difficulties and woes in this life are a consequence of the human condition, which is described in the Bible as spiritually fallen, separated from God, utterly depraved, and sinful. [Genesis 3:23-24; Romans 3:20,23; 5:12; 7:17-24, etc.]

Thomas Banyacya’s message of global repentance is a Satanic counterfeit of the message of warning that the prophet Jonah delivered to Nineveh. The Bible tells us that Jonah was sent to the ancient city of Nineveh to deliver a message from God that if they did not give up their violence and discontinue their oppression of surrounding nations and turn from their wicked ways, God would destroy the city and all who dwelt therein. [Jonah 1:2; 3:2, etc.]

The scriptures also tell us that the entire city of Nineveh, from the lowest to the very highest political ruler, humbled themselves, admitted their sinful ways, repented of their wickedness, and sought after God.  The truth about their own wickedness and the threat of terrible destruction brought them to the point of repentance.  As a result of the people’s change of heart, God spared Nineveh and relented from destroying the city, but only for a time.

As the years passed, the Ninevites again turned away from God and fell back into their sinful ways.  The great city of Nineveh was eventually destroyed as prophesied. [Nahum 2:8; Zep 2:13-15].  Today, the modern Iraqi city of Mosul exists where Nineveh once was.  But even now, Mosul (built on the remains of ancient Nineveh) remains a bloody battleground where an international coalition of forces led by the United States continues to engage the most hardened forces of Islam (ISIS).

The citizens of these United States have been conditioned for many decades to accept the Hopi premise as outlined in the United Nations Agenda. That Agenda promotes the viewpoint that through collective action dedicated to reversing the effects of climate change, redistributing the world’s wealth, and eliminating the means and incentives of making war, (which the United Nations declares is rooted in religious fundamentalism), can the world be saved from the “coming day of Purification”, destruction, or judgement.

Our political processes, educational system, and even most of the movies coming out of Hollywood have all worked in conjunction to promote the same godless collectivist message- that if we all just work together, mankind can overcome any obstacle, any problem, and avoid any coming catastrophe that could be associated (or not) with a higher power or authority.  President Obama even used the phrase “we are the one’s we’ve been waiting for” in his first presidential campaign to tell the world that he believed that humanity can save itself, and that this was the generation that would see it done.

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Whole world goes BLUE in support of “United Nations Day”. http://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2015/10/23/over-200-landmarks-to-light-up-un-blue-on-70th-anniversary

Hollywood especially has presented this view in movie after movie, where some galactic catastrophe, some race of evil aliens, an errant comet or asteroid, a biologic organism, nuclear war, or the results of catastrophic climate change threatens to wipe out mankind. We’ve been conditioned to root for the superhero, some human being, or some group of “special” people, who rise up just in time to save the rest of humanity from the coming day of wrath, destruction, or judgement.  To this end, God, who has declared that He will judge all sin by pouring out his wrath on the entire world at the end of this age, is painted as the enemy of mankind.

I recently saw a sign on a message board outside of a little church just off a local highway.  The sign reads: “AMERICA: Your hope is not in the donkey or the elephant, but in the Lamb.”   The exact same sentiment should be extended to the collectivist ideals of the United Nations.  Our hope should not be in political solutions, or in what man can accomplish through scientific ingenuity, or when we choose to subjugate personal freedoms and abandon national sovereignty in order to act as a collective global unit, but rather in what God can do when men and nations turn to Him and repent of their wicked ways.

The Bible tells us that God’s wrath will come, not because He is mean spirited, but because man’s sin and self righteousness grows more pronounced over time.  At this point in our history it is becoming very clear that human beings have an insatiable obsession to declare “good” those things that God has declared to be evil.   Thomas Banyacya would say that, the “great day of Purification” is caused by our mistreatment of the earth and our fellow human beings.  But the Bible declares that God’s judgement is coming on the world because mankind has not just become indifferent to sin, but actually celebrates it to the point where we have joined in Satan’s rebellion and taken upon ourselves the role of judging God.

The power of salvation is not found in the schemes of men nor in some agenda that promises to create or return the planet to the collective’s idea of “paradise”, or “Eden”.   Eternal sustainability (salvation) belongs to the Lord.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” – John 3:16-17

A Glimpse into the Politics of Global Unity – The Clinton Scandals

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Bill Clinton and Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev make a deal.

Back in 2008, when Bill Clinton was helping his Canadian buddy, Frank Giustra, secure uranium rights in Kazakhstan, the Kazakhstan media reported that Clinton hoped the international deal making would achieve a top objective by “leading the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to confer legitimacy on Mr. Nazarbayev’s government.”  [i]

Why would the government of Kazakhstan need to achieve legitimacy in the eyes of the E.U.?  Probably because Kazakhstan is anything but a democracy and Nazarbayev is anything but a choir boy. But Kazakhstan has become a very important player in the elitist scheme to create a new world order.

Okay, I might jump around a bit, but stick with me here. Fast forward to recent New York Times headlines, where we learn that Bill Clinton’s help in securing a Canadian company’s rights to Kazakhstan’s uranium set the stage for granting Russia the rights to American uranium.  [ii]

“How can this be?” you ask, incredulous that authorities in the United States would be so stupid as to grant Russia a foothold on American soil and specifically, proprietary rights to the very material needed for nuclear energy and weapons.

Well, this is really a very simple process to understand, and one which the Clinton’s are experts at implementing.  It is called, “tit for tat”, or, “you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours”.  It’s really that simple.  But from the Clinton’s perspective, this type of deal making is much more than normal money grubbing.   It is NOT a coincidence that the Clinton’s so-called “charitable” foundation is called the CLINTON GLOBAL INITIATIVE.  [iii]

Now I’m certainly no expert on international agreements or global financial matters, but in my lifetime it has become quite obvious that the web of corporate entanglements has grown so powerful and far reaching that it has engulfed the whole planet.   It is not really all that surprising that we are learning about some of the darker strands of these entanglements through what has become known as “The Clinton Scandals”.

For those who don’t know anything about Kazakhstan’s importance in all this, let me just briefly bring you up to speed.   Nursultan Nazarbayev is the supreme leader of Kazakhstan. He has all the political power in that country, complete with a horrible track record of human rights abuses.  Ironically, Nazarbayev sees himself as a sort of “angel of light” and has been hosting the “Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions” summits for the past decade or so.  These summits are intended to create the basis for tolerance and understanding among the world’s divergent religions.  They are attended by, and taken very seriously by leaders of all of the world’s most influential religious institutions.

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The Palace of Peace and Understanding, site of the World Congress of Religions in Astana, Kazakhstan

These summits take place in Astana, a city of architectural wonders Nazarbayev built to glorify himself in one of the most remote corners of the world.   Astana literally sprang up from the earth almost overnight, fueled by the enormous petroleum and natural resource wealth of this former Soviet state.

Now back to the Clintons and one of their top objectives, globalization.  The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, (OSCE), exists to create regional governance tied together by shared political interests and lucrative corporate deal making.  The OSCE’s motto is, “Security through Cooperation”. The OSCE works in very close partnership with the United Nations.  [iv]

Next week (May, 2015), top OSCE officials will meet with Ban Ki Moon in New York as all eyes are focused on easing tensions with Russia over the Ukraine crisis before the Post 2015 Sustainable Development summit kicks off in September.  The globalist elites don’t want any distractions from the upcoming P2015-SDA summit.  Pope Francis is scheduled to provide the opening remarks at the summit, and all of the world’s leaders are scheduled to be in attendance, including Obama, Putin, and of course, the Clintons.  The Pope will likely take the opportunity to chastise world leaders for their greed and other sins before giving his blessing on the proceedings.  It promises to be quite the spectacle.

I’ve already written about what that P2015-SDA will attempt to do, (i.e. remake the global financial system- which includes instituting a universal identification/tracking system for all human beings/financial transactions, and increasing public/private global entanglements/cooperation), so I won’t repeat myself here.  But some folks might also want to know how Nazarbayev’s World Congress of Religions fits into this global schematic. Read on.

Over 500 representatives from all the world’s major religions are members of an entity officially called, “The Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions”, which convenes in a giant black pyramid called the “Palace of Peace and Harmony” (or “Understanding” or “Reconciliation” depending on the translation) in Astana, Kazakhstan. [v]    Global political leaders or their highest representatives regularly attend the congress, make speeches, and adopt resolutions.  [See link.]  Mostly they just argue over spheres of influence, and who controls what, but they also make a big show of cooperation and unity.

Catholic envoys from the Vatican, leaders of the Russian-Orthodox and various Protestant churches, powerful Muslim Imams, Jewish leaders, Hindus, Buddhists, Taoists and Zoroastrians, and even a few representatives from aboriginal tribal religions, all come together during these summits to demonstrate their mutual respect and tolerance for one another.   (Except for the Iranians, of course, who refused to even enter the building at the 2009 Congress until after Israeli government representative Shimon Perez had finished speaking!)

Among the comments Shimon Perez made in his speech was this insightful gem:

“I come from the Middle East and therefore I prefer to sit in a pyramid – a better symbol than the Tower of Babel, which stands for people’s inability to understand each other.” [Shimon Perez, 2009 Congress of World Religions][vi]

Other speech excerpts give further insight into the true nature of this peaceful gathering. Nazarbayev himself has spoken of their goal for a “New World Order” several times.

“The current (financial) crisis offers a unique opportunity to realise the dream of a new world order….To pass up such a chance would be inexcusable.”  [Nursultan Nazarbayev – 2009 World Congress of Religions Keynote Address] [vii]

Yes indeed, financial collapse is a good thing, at least according to Nazarbayev and his globalist cronies. It offers an unprecedented opportunity to further guide humanity along the path of its own enslavement. [For those who want to know more about how this international web is being built, and what it means for the common man, please click on any of the links below or those imbedded in my previous articles.]

The next Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions will convene in June, 2015.  A Pontifical Council (see previous article) has even called for a new ruling “Global Authority” to manage the world’s financial and natural resources more equitably.  I expect the next Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions will be focused on garnering support for the concept.  Read more about it here.

Have a nice day.

[i] http://en.qantara.de/content/third-congress-of-world-religions-the-vision-of-shared-moral-values

[ii] http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/24/us/cash-flowed-to-clinton-foundation-as-russians-pressed-for-control-of-uranium-company.html?_r=0

[iii] https://www.clintonfoundation.org/clinton-global-initiative

[iv] http://www.osce.org/cio/142696

[v] http://www.religions-congress.org/index.php?lang=english

[vi] http://en.qantara.de/content/third-congress-of-world-religions-the-vision-of-shared-moral-values

[vii] ibid

The Dominion Deception- Part 2 – “Globalism”

There are three distinct spheres exerting influence on the formation of global governance in the world today.  These three realms are the political, financial, and spiritual institutions created to organize and govern the affairs of men on a local, regional, and international level.  None of these systems operates in a vacuum uninfluenced by the others.  Sometimes they are at odds with each other and sometimes they operate with varying degrees of harmony and mutual cooperation.  Sustaining cooperation within and between these three realms, or the lack of it, largely depends on whether or not one or more desired outcomes, as determined by the various stakeholders within each realm, coincides or conflicts with the desired outcomes of the others.

My focus in this article is to enlighten the reader to the United Nations Post 2015 Development Agenda, which is now emerging from the collective sea of humanity in order to unify all three realms under one single Global Authority.  We are being told that achieving such unity of purpose on a universal scale is not just a good thing, but is absolutely critical to our survival on planet earth.  The alternative is the continuing disintegration of society, certain financial collapse, and global war.  In other words, if we want to survive on planet Earth, we have no choice but to cooperate with the new paradigm being presented to us.

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United Nations Flag

In order to truly understand how this new paradigm is expected to work, we have to understand certain concepts of governance in relation to all three realms. According to the United Nations, “Governance refers to the exercise of political and administrative authority at all levels to manage a country’s affairs. It comprises the mechanisms, processes and institutions, through which citizens and groups articulate their interests, exercise their legal rights, meet their obligations and mediate their differences.”[i]   Global governance is thus an extension of this same definition applied to all the nations of the world, without exception.

All political, financial, and religious systems exist to define and guide political, moral, and legal objectives. Each has its own enforcement mechanisms designed to insure that guiding policies are adhered to.  In the Bible, we are told that God Himself has instituted governments among men and therefore we are admonished to show genuine respect towards the governing authorities.[ii]   But we are also warned in scripture [iii] and can cite numerous examples from history detailing the horrors of unjust governments who exceed their authority, abuse their own citizens, attack their neighbors indiscriminately, or allow liberty to devolve into licentiousness.

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Man Beating Sword Into Plowshares statue outside the United Nations building in New York. Notice the symbolism of the sword, the cross of Christianity and the curved blade of Islam.

In our world today, all three realms (political, financial, and spiritual) are subject to misunderstandings and internal conflicts.  Competing factions struggle to assert dominance and gain influence.  Irreconcilable differences and jealousies within and between each realm have historically led to regime change, division, and war.  In the Biblical sense, such divisiveness can be traced back to God’s divine judgement when faced with the arrogance mankind demonstrated at the Tower of Babel.   On those ancient plains of Shinar God confused the languages and dispersed the people into nations. Allowing sinful men to pursue their ambitions unhindered would have surely resulted in mankind transgressing God’s dominion and authority.

Governments exert power by consent of the people and sometimes without their consent. Unity of purpose is raised up as a banner, the standard organizing principle needed to create stability.   Stability is achieved when internal conflicts are managed (or suppressed) allowing the government to function. Mutual cooperation can lead to a time of relative peace within and between each sphere. For example, even though America’s representative and messy democratic institutions conflict in principle with Saudi Arabia’s authoritarian monarchy, cooperation between these two relatively stable governments has led to the attainment of a long list of mutual benefits. Success in achieving desirable outcomes that are beneficial to each nation bolsters even further levels of cooperation.

One of the differences between Saudi Arabia and the United States, of course, is that in the democratic American ideal, people are supposed to be able to decide from the bottom up how they are to be governed as opposed to having operational dictates imposed on them from the top down. It doesn’t matter that American citizens enjoy freedoms and liberties unheard of in Saudi Arabia. It doesn’t matter that the United States is home to a plethora of diverse religions, and even anti-religions, which exist in stark contrast to the monolithic faith imposed and strictly enforced without exception on all Arabs. It doesn’t matter that America’s government and culture is almost the exact opposite of the Saudi’s.  Our two nations have chosen to become politically, financially, and yes, spiritually entangled regardless of our differences. It is the willful subordination of these differences on a global scale that is now being presented as the last, best hope for mankind.

Watch and listen to this podcast where global insider John Podesta describes how the United Nations Post 2015 Development Agenda is going to establish a new paradigm of cooperation and global governance by taking up where the Millennium Development Goals (a.k.a. “Agenda 21”) left off:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4Z7ZxzuIRw

As Podesta elaborates in this brief video, “Agenda 21” only accomplished the first phase of cooperation needed for building global governance. The U.N. Post 2015 Development Agenda builds on that consensus driven foundation and demands heightened international cooperation and commitment. Most importantly, the new plan requires universal compliance which will be monitored through centralized information gathering and directed technology. This means there will be NO EXCEPTIONS, absolutely no “opt outs” or alternatives to the new global system! Such an all-encompassing “Global Authority” is deemed necessary to exert governance over the political, economic, and cultural realms in order to achieve global sustainability.

In addition to eradicating poverty and preserving the environment, the new UN plan calls for universal health care and universal identification. A group of stakeholders called “Beyond 2015” involved in crafting the new paradigm state that, “Just governance in the post-2015 era would first require a re-conception of sustainable development goals not as needs and services but as rights accessible to all. These rights would involve common and differentiated duties clearly attributed to development actors – primarily governments but also including the private sector.”[iv] 

Beyond 2015 goes on to state that, “world leaders must commit to a multi-tiered accountability architecture to monitor and review the implementation of the post-2015 agenda at the subnational, national, regional and global levels.”[v]  In other words, we must, and we will, create a new global governance, a new Tower of Babel.

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European Parliament in Strasbourg France, the Louise Weiss building is modeled after the unfinished Tower of Babel, which is also represented in this EU poster, “Many Tongues, One Voice”.

In conjunction with this shared spirit of purpose, Pope Francis is preparing to give spiritual direction and perhaps even his blessing to the U.N. plan when he speaks to representatives from all the nations of the world who will be gathered in New York for the opening day of the UN Post 2015 Development Summit this September.   The Vatican appears to be lining up behind, or perhaps in front of, several key components of the new paradigm. In one supporting document crafted by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, the literal Biblical account of the Tower of Babel is turned upside down, reinvented and re-imagined in order to make the case that global unity is desirable and achievable if certain parameters are met.

Most importantly for Christians, the PCJP document redefines the “Spirit of Pentecost” by calling for “the creation of a world public Authority at the service of the common good”.  Here’s an excerpt from the Vatican’s Pontifical Counsel on Justice and Peace:

“Through the account of the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11:1-9), the Bible warns us how the “diversity” of peoples can turn into a vehicle for selfishness and an instrument of division. In humanity there is a real risk that peoples will end up not understanding each other and that cultural differences will lead to irremediable oppositions. The image of the Tower of Babel also warns us that we must avoid a “unity” that is only apparent, where selfishness and divisions endure because the foundations of the society are not stable. In both cases, Babel is the image of what peoples and individuals can become when they do not recognize their intrinsic, transcendent dignity and brotherhood.

“The spirit of Babel is the antithesis of the Spirit of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-12), of God’s design for the whole of humanity: that is, unity in truth. Only a spirit of concord that rises above divisions and conflicts will allow humanity to be authentically one family and to conceive of a new world with the creation of a world public Authority at the service of the common good.”[vi]

Due to the nature and timing of this landmark document, it can only be interpreted as support for the United Nations Post 2015 Agenda.  That agenda, as already mentioned, mandates a new spirit of cooperation to facilitate the equitable and fair redistribution of wealth through control of resources via the creation of a new global paradigm.

As shocking as the PCJP’s statement is, it is not without a bevy of supporters across the religious spectrum. Protestant evangelical leaders and quasi-dominionists such as Rick Warren and E. Calvin Beisner are also playing key roles in this last ditch effort to save planet earth.  In fact, All those seeking to rebuild the proverbial Tower of Babel are reading from the same script, preaching tolerance and rejecting “extremism” in order to create their vision of a controllable world.   Warren’s “Global Peace Plan”[vii] and Beisner’s “Cornwall Stewardship Agenda”[viii] both complement the U.N. Post 2015 Development Agenda.  Each calls for mankind to exercise “godly dominion” over everything from financial investments to technology transfers in order to facilitate the eradication of poverty and create the conditions for global peace and sustainable development.

Not to be left out, leaders in the so-called “moderate” Muslim world have also been pushing this shared agenda under the auspices of the UN Alliance of Civilizations[ix].   Of course, everyone knows that religious fundamentalists such as ISIS will have to be dealt with, as that particularly violent brand of Islamic extremism is certainly capable of throwing a wrench into the concept of global unity.   Christian and Hindu fundamentalists will also be targeted as well. Anything that gets in the way of unity must be smashed.    As one UN think tank puts it in discussing sustainability as it relates to global health targets, “it is no longer viable to argue the case for continuing business as usual, merely extending the time frame and making minor adjustments to the current framework of goals and targets.”[x]   Something new and all encompassing must be attempted in order to save the planet.

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“The Knotted Gun” outside UN headquarters

We are being told that if mankind is to survive and flourish on planet earth, we must put aside our cultural, political, and spiritual differences in order to achieve the “common good”.  (See my previous article Our Common Destiny, NOT! -The President’s Theosophy and Agenda 21.)   But  even if it receives the blessings of the Vatican,  this tidal wave of shared values and common purpose directed towards common goals is not heaven sent.   Rather, this latest movement towards global unity is emerging out of the darkest depths of the abyss.    While this new “gospel” promises to guide mankind into an era of peace and prosperity, it requires absolute dedication to a worldly focus and spiritual compromise in the name of consensus driven values.

My advice is this: Stay vigilant. Keep watch. The United Nations has been a Luciferian organization from its inception. The devil knows that his time is growing short, and he’s going to try to deceive as many people as possible in the limited time allotted to him.   God’s people need to remain steadfast and faithful regardless of circumstances.   There can be no compromise and no fraternity with evil.   The more our corrupt global leaders cry for unity, the more dissension, strife and turmoil will envelope the world.     Jesus and the prophets told us what to expect in today’s headlines.  The “birth pangs” we are seeing today only confirm the accuracy of the scriptures. Remember that Jesus came into the world not to create peace, but to cause division.  [See Luke 12:51-56]  He will come again to execute judgment and separate the “wheat from the chaff” [Mat 3:12].   Be “salt” and “wheat” my friends, and be encouraged to trust in the sure promises of God.    Dominion,  judgment, and mercy belong to the Lord.

Notes and references:

[i] Specifically, http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/policy/untaskteam_undf/thinkpieces/7_governance.pdf, also see related global governance topics listed http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/policy/untaskteam_undf/them_tp.shtml

[ii] Romans 13:1

[iii] Psalm 94:20

[iv] http://beyond2015.org/sites/default/files/FINAL%20-%20B2015%20Contributions%20Post-2015Declaration%20February%202015.pdf and https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/7603Final%20draft%20outcome%20document%20UN%20Sept%20Summit%20w%20letter_08072015.pdf

[v] ibid

[vi] Excerpt from “TOWARDS REFORMING THE INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL AND MONETARY SYSTEMS IN THE CONTEXT OF GLOBAL PUBLIC AUTHORITY” http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/justpeace/documents/rc_pc_justpeace_doc_20111024_nota_en.html

[vii] Rick Warren – http://thepeaceplan.com/

[viii] Calvin Beisner- http://www.cornwallalliance.org/docs/cornwall-stewardship-agenda.pdf

[ix] http://www.unaoc.org/

[x] http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/policy/untaskteam_undf/thinkpieces/8_health.pdf

The Dominion Deception: Part I – The “Garden City” Heresy

Those who are familiar with this blog know that I have written several articles exposing the REWILDING agenda. There are many reasons for this. Foremost is the fact that REWILDING demands that individuals submit to living on reservations under an oppressive government system controlled by a cadre of collectivist elites. I do not wish to be enslaved by such a system.

The REWILDING agenda is driven mostly by radical environmentalists, but there are plenty of other factions who want to impose their will on the rest of us and remake the world in their own image. These factions include Communists, Islamists, Corporatists, Capitalists, and of course, Theosophists…..to name just a few.  But there is another faction rising up from the abyss seeking to ascend to the earthly throne, one which may ultimately prove far worse than all the others.

Dominionists are people who believe they have been ordered by God to impose a specific set of ideals on the rest of the world. These folks claim to have a divine mandate providing them with the moral obligation and Biblical authority to subjugate the entire earth and everything in it. This work will be accomplished by dictating societal norms and modes of living on a local, national, and international level.

Tyrants claiming to have a “divine mandate” are not really anything new. After all, world history is replete with examples of men ruling over, or trying to rule over, large swaths of the planet and/or attempting to impose their will over as much of humanity as they can. Other men and their minions inevitably come along and take away or destroy the systems and edifices which were previously constructed, erecting new idols and building new civilizations, each faction rising up and fading away in successive waves of ill-fated conquest.  

Dominionists appear upright and moral, feigning concern for the poor, or hiding behind some other mask that doesn’t adequately conceal their underlying sense of spiritual superiority and boundless arrogance. Most claim to be Christians who are merely seeking to obey God’s will. If not extremely careful, conservative Bible believing Christians could be vulnerable to the slick marketing and errant theology of the dominion deception.

The so-called “dominion mandate” from which dominionists claim to derive their authority, is found in the first chapter of Genesis. There we read that shortly after Adam and Eve were created, and while they were still living without a sin nature in the Garden of Eden, “God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”   [Genesis 1:28]

For the purposes of this discussion, let’s just ignore the fact that the authority to rule over the earth and all the creatures in it, was given to mankind before sin polluted human judgment and before mankind was booted out of essentially a perfect environment in the Garden of Eden. Let’s also ignore all the other scriptures that remind us that dominion belongs to the Lord. (Psalm 145:13, Isaiah 26:13, Mat 28:18, 2Chron 20:6, John 17:2, etc.)

Let’s just focus on what the dominonists teach and believe, some of which actually sounds pretty good, even patriotic. But don’t be fooled. If we look at the bigger picture, we must come to the conclusion that if these people are successful in imposing their own narrow and woefully imperfect vision of “godly dominon” on the rest of us, the anticipated result will be no different than if any of the other groups mentioned in my opening paragraph were to gain dominion. In fact, I believe that the result of such a theonomic new world order administered not by God, but by men, would be far worse than any dictatorship the world has ever seen.

Dominionists like E. Calvin Beisner, founder and CEO of the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation, generally interpret the “dominon mandate” as requiring two things. The first requirement is a strict adherence to the principles of free market capitalism under some form of COVENANTAL governance. The second pillar of dominionism requires absolute submission to Old Testament law as administered and enforced by sinful men.

Under a dominionist system, individuals would be encouraged to invest their lives in productive work developing the earth’s extensive resources, making life better and easier for all of humanity by creating innovative designs and coming up with technological fixes for any environmental or social problems that might pop up. Citizens of this peaceful kingdom would be expected to make progress by reproducing abundantly in order to expand human civilization to the maximum extent possible, incorporating into their civilized world any currently uninhabited areas.

Dominionists generally believe that by obeying the mandate, mankind will usher in a golden age of peace and prosperity that will receive its final reward and find ultimate fulfillment when Christ returns at the end of the age.   In order for this global vision to become a reality, they must assume the reigns of political and economic power here and now. They see no need to wait for Jesus Christ. In fact, most dominionists believe that Christ will not return to the earth until mankind has fulfilled the dominion mandate.

Beisner has posted what he terms a “Landmark Document” on his website entitled, “The Biblical Perspective of Environmental Stewardship: Subduing and Ruling the Earth to the Glory of God and the Benefit of Our Neighbors”.  Beisner lists 30 points that supposedly demonstrate scriptural support showing how men bring “glory to God” by subduing and ruling over all things under the sun. One of the things Beisner sees men ruling over and subjugating is uninhabited land, or wilderness. The dictionary definition of wilderness is “a large unsettled or uninhabited area”.   Beisner believes that all such areas need to be tamed, brought under cultivation and civilized, put under the heel of man because, as he explains, “wilderness is associated with divine judgment and the curse”.

Let’s look at a couple of specific examples revealing how the dominionists distort scripture to support their viewpoint. Please keep in mind that this little blog post of mine only scratches the surface. Hopefully what is written here will encourage the reader to do more study on his/her own. Click on any of the highlighted text to view source material for further study.

Beisner writes:

“We affirm that the Bible normally associates wilderness or wildness with divine judgment and curse (Exodus 23:29; Leviticus 26:22; Deuteronomy 7:22; 1 Samuel 17:46; Isaiah 5:2–4; 13:19–22; 34:1–17; Jeremiah 50:39; Leviticus 16:21–22).”

“We deny that wilderness is the best state of the Earth.”

However, as with nearly any other dominionist scriptural reference, the Bible verses cited do not actually support Beisner’s assertion unless the reader takes the written words completely out of context and infers his/her own fanciful interpretation.

The Hebrew word for “wilderness” is midbar, which is used over 250 times in the Old Testament. Midbar is normally translated as “pasture” or “uninhabited land”.  It is used in the Bible as a descriptive term to designate a landscape devoid of human settlement. There is absolutely no judgment associated with the word itself.   In our culture, wilderness is given a protected status for the mutual benefit and enjoyment of subsequent generations of people and wildlife. Most of the people I know love going out to wild and unspoiled land to hike, hunt, fish, recreate, and yes, even pray. In the Bible, wilderness is where people were often commanded to go to meet, serve, and fellowship with God. (Exodus 3:18, 5:1, 7:16, 8:27, etc.)

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“In the wilderness man learns to have faith in his Creator.” -Finis Mitchell (1901-1995) USFS Photo- Bridger Wilderness, Wind River Range, Wyoming

God’s divine judgment is always associated with the behavior of people and often comes in the form of pestilence, plagues, wars, famines, or droughts. God repeatedly exercises His divine judgment by causing the desolation of the land directly under man’s feet, emptying and making barren the very ground previously under human cultivation, civilization, and/or occupation. The great flood of Noah destroyed a corrupt civilization and returned the world to wilderness. Divine judgment did not befall uninhabited land, it came against inhabited land and corrupt people. While wilderness and mountains are certainly not to be worshipped or used as a weapon as the REWILDING proponents do, neither should they be considered wasted space that must be subdued and subjugated according to someone’s warped interpretation of the dominion mandate.

The Bible confirms time and again that the very presence of God can be most profoundly experienced in wild and remote places. For example, Moses went up to the desolate mountaintop of Sinai to see God and receive the Ten Commandments. Jesus went up to the summit of the Mount of Olives to pray. And John the Baptist lived virtually his entire life in a remote wilderness. For Beisner to claim that wilderness is somehow inherently evil, or is associated with divine judgment, is absurd.

Try and understand the eternal and spirtiual implications of Beisnser’s errant dominionist theology.

Beisner writes:

  1. “We affirm that a comprehensive understanding of the relationship between God’s placing Adam in the Garden to cultivate and guard it (Genesis 2:15) and God’s commanding Adam and Eve to be fruitful and multiply and fill the Earth and subdue and rule everything in it (Genesis 1:28) entails a growing population that spreads out from the Garden to till the whole Earth and transform it from wilderness to garden and ultimately to garden city (Revelation 21:2; 22:1-3).”

Think about what Beisner is saying in this sentence: “A growing population that spreads out FROM the Garden to till the whole Earth and transform it from wilderness to garden and ultimately to garden city.”  Forget for a moment that mankind was actually kicked out and banned from the original “Garden of Eden”. Beisner asserts that it is mankind’s sacred duty to recreate, through hard work and his own innate ingenuity and technological creativity, conditions similar to the original Garden (of Eden) here on the earth.  He references his vision of creating the ideal “garden city” directly to the “new Jerusalem” of Revelation 21:2 and 22:1-3.

“And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”  [Rev 21:2]

Scripture should always be read in context, but even when we read this single verse by itself, a couple of things stand out. Notice that the “new Jerusalem” is not something man creates or builds himself, but as the scripture says, “comes down from God out of Heaven”.  Obviously, it is God who creates and prepares the New Jerusalem, not man. The scripture declares that God prepares it just as He does the new heaven and the new earth, with the same care that a “bride is adorned for her husband.”

The dominionists believe that the “bride” reference in this particular passage refers to Christian believers who are following the dominon mandate by building a global civilization that must be completed before Christ can return. Yet the scripture cited does not say anything of the sort. In fact, it says quite the opposite. God is preparing a place for us, we are not preparing a place for Him. In confirmation that this is indeed the case, Jesus said, “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” [John 14:2]

Well, I certainly don’t want to bore the reader, but bear with me just a little longer. Let’s look at a one last example where Beisner misuses scripture to support his dominionist views.

Beisner writes:

  1. “We affirm that in response to man’s sin God cursed the ground so that it would not, as before sin, yield easily even to godly dominion/cultivation, let alone to ungodly, abusive domination (Genesis 3:17-19), and indeed subjected the whole cosmos to decay and corruption until He restores it partially in history by obedience to the dominion mandate (Genesis 1:28), whether by the unregenerate through common grace (Matthew 7:11) or by the regenerate through special grace (Romans 8:18-24) , and fully in the New Heavens and New Earth of the eschaton (Revelation 21:1-3, 22-27; 22:1-5), all secured by the redeeming work of Christ (Colossians 1:14-20).”

History is replete with the fall of democracies, dictatorships, and kingdoms. There is no evidence of what Beisner terms a “partial restoration of the earth in history”. There is not one shred of evidence to demonstrate that one group of people can impose their will, assume authority, or exert dominion over another group of people, and by so doing create a just and prosperous society that lasts beyond a moment of time. Eventually the worst attributes inherent in mankind leavens the whole loaf.

According to Beisner, the curse placed on man can be overcome and the world restored, at least partially, by “obedience to the dominion mandate.” I’m sorry, but I just don’t get that from my reading of scripture. Nor can I find the passage of scripture where Jesus tells his disciples to, “Go out and build a kingdom for me so that I may dwell there with you.”  Maybe I’m just not reading the right translation.

My Bible provides countless examples of human beings misusing the power and dominion God has given them. Salvation is all about God providing an atonement for our sin; making a way for humanity to avoid experiencing what would have been the eternal consequences of our own free will.  The only “work” that really matters was accomplished for us on the cross.  So let the dominionists obsess over ruling this world, but don’t be fooled by their false promises or errant theology.

Jesus said, “My kingdom is NOT of this world” [John 18:36].  But the really good news is that in order to gain entrance into His kingdom we are not required to re-create the earth, build great monuments or enduring civilizations.  The only thing God requires is faith, nothing more. [Eph 2:8,9]

In conclusion, let me just say again that wilderness is not something associated with God’s divine judgment.  Anyone who has escaped city life by venturing out into some remote area to enjoy the serenity of a mountain or desert landscape, understands that such uninhabited places reveal the incredible beauty and intricate design of God’s creation.

The entire cosmos is an example of God’s infinite creativity and veiled majesty. Yet if this decaying old world impresses us, imagine how beautiful the new Heaven and the new Earth will be!

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“Catching dinner” Calen Busch – Bridger Wilderness