Phyllis Beveridge Nissila
A reader has accessed an old post (“The Illusionist…”, June 30, 2012) and it occurs to me that it is very appropriate for this week in the history of the United States of America when the electors reveal their selection of the next U.S. President and how the evidence of fraud, cleverly and carefully hid to now, might finally surface.
While people here and from all around the world watch.
It also occurs to me that this week’s events might tie in with the popular meme “release the Kraken,” as in expose the evil, Kraken, as in the menacing mythological creature “far beneath in the abysmal sea” that rises to its ultimate destruction, made famous in both Scandinavian folklore and in a nineteenth-century poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson, the last three lines of the poem in particular.
I am also reminded of an expression that many believers come to know full well: Satan always overplays his hand.
There is a point at which evil, no matter its size or how well hid, will surface.
Put a different way: “For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light” (Luke 8:17).
What good people do with the truth, then, is another archetypal theme–and choice.
So see what you think.
And be prepared.
But first to The Illusionist, as in he (the original illusionist) and all his followers since who wield psychological operations, propaganda in particular, in order to conquer and destroy.
To “The Illusionist…” (redux from 2012)
[Some Scripture references are paraphrased.]
Scientists have discovered a “cloaking material” that causes three dimensional objects to “disappear,” though to date it’s only effective on a nano scale.
This material deceives the eye by “bending light” around objects via reverse refraction, the same mechanism that makes straws in water appear bent. The hope is that someday it will be effective in obscuring large objects, even people. Thus, disappearing acts, found mainly in circus tents, at backyard parties, and on dimly lit stages surrounded by shiny curtains, have gone high tech and become “real” with potential real-world application in medicine, science, and other disciplines. But even the newest brand is still an illusion.
An object is still concealed in plain sight, so to speak, however effective the shield, artful the facade. You might say the inventor of this “material” has merely discovered a powerful new tool of deception, for good or ill, which reminds me of another artificer who has been plying his own powerful deceptions from before the universe gelled. And not for good. He lives to trick our eye away from God.
Surely, he began, that day in the garden, God didn’t REALLY say you must not eat from any tree?
No, replied Eve, just from one tree. Touch it, God told us, and we will die.
You will not surely die, Satan countered, for God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil (Genesis 3:1-2)…
Once the trickster shrouded God’s words in doubt Eve, then Adam, took a second look.
With a question here, a suggestion there, the old enchanter obfuscated truth and snaked his way into creation. And he seduces still, masking truth with the veneer of reason, the cloak of cunning, the cover of clever suggestion.
Faith in the substitutionary sacrifice of Jesus the only way to be reconciled with God? Surely that is too exclusive, he declares, capturing our gaze.
Jesus–Truth incarnate? Surely there are many truths, he expounds, diverting our focus.
And here, by replacing the period with a question mark, he tries again: “In (Jesus) was life, and that life was the light of men(?)…
So we search for other ways, truths, lights.
The ancient artificer: skilled, seductive–yes. And bent on our destruction if we don his lens. But, as another ancient put it, “There is nothing new under the sun.”
There are only a limited number of tricks in Satan’s hat–and we have an unlimited God Who understand our struggle: “No temptation has seized (us) except what is common to man,” Paul writes. “And God is faithful; He will not let (us) be tempted beyond what (we) can bear.” And when we are tempted, “He will provide a way out so that (we) can stand up under it” (1 Corinthians, 10:13, NIV).
As we yield to the Holy Spirit of God He removes the scales from our eyes, draws aside Satan’s curtain of lies, and reveals Truth.
And He promises that one day the smoke and mirrors will be no more.
To the Kraken’s End
For the complete context wherein the Kraken, a type of Evil that consumes everything within its range from “beneath the water,” i.e., “hidden,” until its “fiery end,” read here (emphasis added):
Alfred Lord Tennyson – 1809-1892
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.
To This Week’s Application in U.S. History
Some say a Kraken of another iteration, this, the massive corruption in our nation that has its roots in hidden machinations engineered and perfected over time, will be revealed in the adjudication of the recent election.
But, many wonder, will it?
Time and every effort to try to stop its “surfacing” will only tell.
However, thanks to those who know how to skirt the obfuscatory elements of media and government, enough truth will have been revealed.
And, importantly, those who prefer to remain hidden from the “eyes of man and angels,” so to speak, by opposing the exposure, will also be revealed.
Which is another important tell–on them…
Watch. Listen, Discern. Act–but always with eyes and ears attuned to He Who is omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent.
The same One Who knows the “end from the beginning,” and Who offers a way of escape when the fires and the roaring begin, that is to say, when evil, once exposed, proceeds with new fury.
But remain encouraged:
Because of the multiplication of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold. 13 But the one who perseveres to the end will be saved.14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. (Matthew 24:12-14)
Post Script: This might also be a very good time to review the information on the doctrine of the Rapture and to prepare for what version you believe.
I encourage an extra-close read of the “Pre-Tribulation” version.
“The Kraken” is in the public domain.