Phyllis Beveridge Nissila
For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open. (Luke 8:17, NIV)
In literature, mythology, and folklore, the “Kraken” is a powerful, many-tentacled sea monster (a giant squid) of Scandinavian origin, supposedly capable of “dragging entire ships down to its dwelling place in the deepest reaches of the ocean”(source). The stories serve as a warning to seafarers.
But to my post today, the Kraken in the poem of the same name by Alfred Lord Tennyson represents the dangerous and powerful creature as evil metamorphosed.
The monster is described in the first lines of Tennyson’s sonnet as the usual kind of fearsome being waiting to consume the unsuspecting, but at the end of the poem its fate as an evil entity is revealed: it rises to the surface after “battening” (fattening) on nearby prey in a kind of stupor in the depths of the sea “until a religious reckoning drives it to the surface to die” in a fiery cataclysm:
Below the thunders of the upper deep,
Far, far beneath in the abysmal sea,
His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep
The Kraken sleepeth: faintest sunlights flee
About his shadowy sides; above him swell
Huge sponges of millennial growth and height;
And far away into the sickly light,
From many a wondrous grot and secret cell
Unnumbered and enormous polypi
Winnow with giant arms the slumbering green.
There hath he lain for ages, and will lie
Battening upon huge sea worms in his sleep,
Until the latter fire shall heat the deep;
Then once by man and angels to be seen,
In roaring he shall rise and on the surface die.
The Kraken Rising 2020?
The LORD works out everything to its proper end– even the wicked for a day of disaster. (Proverbs 16:4, NIV).
If you think about it, this year of 2020 has been cataclysmic in another sense (and many dread the final months), but it has also served to uncover or reveal certain evil entities in our world today. Evil that, once known, is easier to study and to defeat. As they say, truth is power–and knowing your enemy is key to defeating same.
I am specifically referencing the Marxist revolutionaries (BLM Inc.) who have finally come up into the light (ironically, creating their own “latter fire” in the streets, you might say), actually admitting they are not really protesters like those legally and peacefully marching for equal justice, but in their own words Marxist in ideology and by training.
They, like the Kraken of lore and of poetry, have also overtaken, in a sense consuming, those “nearby” who may have, until this summer’s reveal, been unaware of the true nature of BLM Inc. hiding behind and among them until it gets dark…
I am also referencing what has come to light about the various coups that have unsuccessfully attempted to delegitimize and get rid of the current administration by means of several unconstitutional machinations that have been exposed in the various court battles in the last nearly four years.
We are very fortunate that these things have come to light, but something else also, then, comes to light: what are we going to do about it?
As peaceful, law-abiding citizens we (still) have ways to right the wrongs, voting being chief among them, and we can support like-minded candidates for local, state, and national offices or enter a campaign ourselves.
It might be much more of a battle to vote and have our votes counted this year, however, as lawlessness in certain cities has been permitted by certain Marxist-prone leadership there. And as the violence they allow takes on a life of its own (as mob mentality is prone to do) fear is also a factor.
But vote, at least, we must–while at the same time keeping a very close eye on the lawlessness and dealing with it as is appropriate.
As believers, we also have other opportunities.
Understanding what to render to “Caeser” and what to “God” is essential, as is praying and acting accordingly.
Also, remembering who our real enemy is:
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (Ephesians 6:12, KJB)
“Armoring up” in the spirit for the battle is another:
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. (Ephesians 6: 10-18, NIV)
But above all, we have yet another opportunity in this life ever fraught with battles of good versus evil to remain encouraged by this from our real Commander in Chief:
Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10, NKJV)
Image of Kraken from Wikimedia Commons