The Vanishing of Trustworthy Historical Documentation

“He is a merchant, the balances of deceit are in his hand:  he loveth to oppress.”  Hosea 12:7

I am a collector of discarded books from the Hattiesburg, Mississippi library, and so for ten cents, I acquired the 2008 Federal Rules of Evidence with Advisory Committee Notes and Legislative History (Christopher B. Mueller and Laird C. Kirkpatrick). On page 251, the 1961 lawsuit Dallas County v. Commercial Union Assoc. Co., Ltd. was cited as part of  a discussion on hearsay exceptions.  In this particular case, the Court had found that an unsigned newspaper article published 50 years earlier did not fit within any of the recognized hearsay exceptions. However, the Court concluded, “the article was trustworthy because it was inconceivable that a newspaper reporter in a small town would report a fire in the courthouse if none had occurred“.

There are two primary components that ensure the trustworthiness of journalistic reports.  The integrity of the reporter sits on one scale of the counterbalances, while the fact-checking capability of the readers is set on the other scale.  In the example of the small town newspaper noted above, the article was unsigned, but the accountability resided with the publisher whose personal reputation would be well known in the community.  And then secondly, it is significant that the newspaper readers were within the same proximity to the material facts of the article as was the reporter.

The Balances are two scales which hold opposing weights, held up by the hand of Justice.  This concept is seen in the court system where material facts and legal arguments are evaluated, and in the financial sphere with its double-entry accounting system where every entry has a corresponding and opposite notation to a different account.  And then of course in the physical world of Newtonian physics, the third law observes that “for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.”

Much of what is described as Alternative Media News reporting is untrustworthy in detail and scope, because the internet’s set of “balances” are inherently deceitful.  The primary blame for this state of affairs lies with the partiality of the propagator of the news reports itself, who presently are able to broadcast to a vast audence with little or no personal cost to themselves, and are allowed to operate behind a curtain of a false public image.

Although there are commentaries and forums that serve as restraining forces against the promotion of lies on the internet, the relationship of these websites to a writer of the original report is often just the anomalous tie provided by using the same tag words, which allows search engines to group similar topics together.  The “face-to-face” relationship that exists between local newspapers and their readership base has been severed in the internet world.

Example One:  The Balances of Deceit Are In His Hand

One recent example of an untrustworthy internet news publication is True Pundit, who was recently called out in an August 27, 2018, Buzzfeed expose by Craig Silverman, titled, Revealed:  Notorious Pro-Trump Misinformation Site True Pundit Is Run By An Ex-Journalist With A Grudge Against the FBI.

But months earlier, someone with the pseudonym exGOPer started a thread on January 23, 2018 under Politics on elitetrader.com, titling it  A Brief History of right-wing’s favorite fake news site True Pundit (loved by Russians). “exGOPer”  provided an extensive numbered list of his observations. Below, I pull out a few of the interesting ones from the beginning of this thread, which are useful to our discussion on the vanishing of trustworthy historical documentation.

Under (1) exGOPer notes that True Pundit began publishing on June 9, 2016. Line (3) says, “All articles on True Pundit are published anonymously.  The only person publicly associated with the website operates under a pseudonym- ‘Thomas Paine.’ (Thomas Paine, a Founding Father of the United States, was instrumental in convincing the colonies to rebel against Britain.)”.  Line (4) adds that “From June 9, 2016 to June 12, 2016, it seemed clear True Pundit had been started up in a hurry-it published dozens of stories but no original reporting.  More than 95% of stories were simply links to other sources, while True Pundit ‘originals’ were two-sentence news summaries.”

Line (8) states, “then, on June 12, 2016, the Orlando nightclub shooting occurred- and it seemed a switch had been turned on.  True Pundit had its story…”.  Line (10) observes, “It must have seemed odd to any readers of True Pundit in those first 72 hours of operation to read that the Philly publication already had ‘multiple’ sources in the Philadelphia Police Dept. and *multiple* Philly-based ‘recognized security expert’ sources-but so they said.”

(11) comments, “But Mateen” [Orlando nightclub shooting story] “changed everything.  Suddenly True Pundit was publishing what it said were original (‘exclusive’) stories, all of which relied-or-claimed to-on FBI sources. Not just one source, but multiple-and not just random sources, but sources close to the Pulse investigation.”  (12) “The mystery of this was dispelled almost immediately, when True Pundit wrote the following in an ‘exclusive’ on Mateen after the shooting:  ‘True Pundit has folks who worked for the FBI and other agencies on staff.’  It then claimed to have ‘unique insight’ into FBI operations.”

Our last line which we shall consider, (13) states,   “Whether or not True Pundit really had ex-FBI staff, no reader could possible know.  But what was clear was that True Pundit was obsessed with the FBI, had-at a minimum- some basic knowledge of criminal investigation, and was very, very, angry at the current state of the Bureau.”

This thread by exGOPer, continues on, point by point, making observations about True Pundit, in an attempt to weigh in the balances the trustworthiness of the reporting of Thomas Paine, now known to be Michael D. Moore. While this forum writer posts under an anonymous name, his presentation of factual observations is detailed and astute.  In contrast the writer under the pseudonym Thomas Paine has presented himself in a false light by borrowing from the historical reputation of a real person in American history. There is something defamatory and insulting about a person writing under false pretenses, by masking himself with another person’s good reputation, without the consent of that once, long ago, real flesh and blood individual.

Example Two: He loveth to Oppress

The Anonymous broadcaster of profaneness, defamation, and  false accusations to provoke and harass his selected victims.

I recently ran across a YouTuber using a fake name, where I was drawn to look at his videos which he had linked, via tag words, to a particular YouTube channel which I like. I am going to call the fake name channel “X” as this channel’s content is continually both factually false and/or defamatory. Apparently this person has lost at least one channel for violating nudity standards, and seems to have received numerous strikes to his videos because of their defamatory content.

On his new channel which has few viewers, X laments, “Because they are watching me, they’ve been watching me because I used to go into chats and say shit and I see that, that is a waste of a complete waste of time to say anything in a chat opposing these people and they’re controlled chats.  All you’re doing is exposing yourself to, now they know who you are, or at least your fake account.  Because you can try and dox me dude, try and figure out who I am.  You’re gonna have a hard time.”

Channel X did a video about a published report someone else had written on journalism and the internet. He offered his commentary and judgments without apparently even reading the report.  With respect to the real name of the author of this copyrighted material,  the cowardly X comments, saying, “this is by either —- or his brother, it doesn’t matter which one.”

It does not matter who wrote it??? The legal owner of the book is identified, and X has no right, without proof, to state otherwise. X continues in his nonsensical manner, “This person is saying the journalists’ enemies, so in order for you to be a journalist, right, you have to take some classes or something, you have to get a degree or something in journalism.  It’s a club like the Freemasons, it’s just another club, right?  And they don’t want us in their club, they don’t want us in their 1% club, you know what I mean?  So for, for people on YouTube, we’re supposed to fall, you know, we need degrees in journalism before we can report on anything.  That is total horseshit man, there’s plenty of people putting out good information on the internet, OK?  So what does it take to get a journalist, journalism degree, I mean, what do what, what do you need exactly?  What are people not- you know what I mean?”

“Because you don’t like what’s being reported because you want to keep the gatekeeping going?  You know what I mean?  Um, it’s bullshit man because when it comes down to it, you’re trying to control social media.  That’s what this is, a set-up for future living, you know, laws, future uh regulations on free speech that’s basically what it is so you’re posing as people for free speech, but you’re really um trying to set up some regulations um, I just can’t believe people are falling for this guy, for —, for —, all these characters.  I cannot believe people are falling for this shit.  It’s right in your face what’s going on here….”.

Sorry Channel X, I don’t know what you mean, except that you seem to be unaware that the United States already has time tested Constitutional laws against your abuse of free speech.   And what right does anyone have to alter the factual, personal history of other people?

Example Three:  He Is A Merchant 

Previously on August 20, 2018, I had discussed an April 21st interview by Jason Goodman of Crowdsource The Truth called Pete Santilli-FBI Informant or Framed by Hackers?  In that interview Santilli commented on the use of online anonymous identities for covert operations.  At the 35.32 mark, he remarked, “…it was overwhelming to me that they, that they admitted this in open court.  The FBI during the Bundy Ranch quote-unquote investigation said that they had, they had over a thousand trolls in the threads, a thousand…” [Jason Goodman: “The FBI had trolls.”]..”the FBI and this is documented, the FBI had 1,000-over a thousand trolls- in the threads on anonymous accounts and they call themselves online covert investigators…” .

Merchandising of Americana patriotism

The astonishment expressed by Pete Santilli, regarding the use of anonymous identities by the FBI, needs to be viewed against the backdrop of his own use of false accounts to serve his personal commercial interests.

For in an audio dated November 8, 2013 which can be found at Vinnie Eastwood’s Face Book page Pete Santilli Exposed, we hear Santilli saying, “This, this list of Twitter accounts has just been stewing, okay, because I used to have at one point of time, I had like 600 Twitter accounts being manufactured and in the rotation and we had automated messaging and basically having them set up so that they didn’t look like fake accounts because they had messages going out and links and so on and so on.  So that when somebody lands on it, they see that it doesn’t have like one follower and two messages.  That’s a boring person, so I set up these dormant accounts and I made it look like they’re active now.”

Is there an ethical difference between setting up fake identities to covertly troll others versus using such accounts to trick persons into being directed to a profit motivated online broadcast? Anonymous identities which have the purpose of causing the disruption of the normal flow of conversation, fraud, harassment, commercial trickery, altering history and the time honored interpretation of laws are undermining the stability of our society.

At nytimes.com a January 27, 2018 article,  The Follower Factory written by Nicholas Confessore, Gabriel J. X. Dance, Richard Harris and Mark Hanson, addressed the use of social media bots, by highlighting an “American company named Devumi that has collected millions of dollars in a shadowy global marketplace for social media fraud.” The authors claim, “Devumi sells Twitter followers and retreets to celebrities, businesses and anyone who wants to appear more popular or exert influence online.  Drawing on an estimated stock of at least 3.5 million automated accounts, each sold many times over, the company has provided customers with more than 200 million Twitter followers, a New York Times investigation found.”

The most shocking statement in this article is that “the accounts that most resemble real people…reveal a kind of large-scale social identity theft. At least 55,000 of the accounts use the names, profile pictures, hometowns and other personal details of real Twitter users, including minors, according to a Times data analysis.”  Additionally, it was asserted that “these accounts are counterfeit coins in the booming economy of online influence, reaching into virtually any industry where a mass audience- or the illusion of it-can be monetized.  Fake accounts, deployed by governments, criminals and entrepreneurs, now infest social media networks.”

It would appear that in this day and age, a vast number of so called internet journalist reporters readily alter material facts, resulting in the falsification of this generation’s documentation of its national and personal histories.  Years from now, this information cannot be utilized for legal or historical purposes, other than to document how modern day liars undermined American values for malicious and selfish purposes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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True Pundit & Thomas Paine’s Twitter highlights the Raid by FBI on his home and his actual identity: Note especially the D. George Sweigert’s Fifth Request for Judicial Notice filed 8/24/2018 in the RICO lawsuit against Jason Goodman of Crowdsource the Truth

In this link to Thomas Paine’s Twitter , you can read how the FBI’s past raid on Paine’s home has brought out a background story on the true identity of Thomas Paine.  The article written by Thomas Paine dated August 27, 2018, is titled, FBI Raid Thomas Paine’s House, Point Guns At His Young Children; How An Award-Winning Reporter Became Thomas Paine.

This news story is of great interest to those following the D. George Sweigert RICO lawsuit against Jason Goodman of Crowdsource the Truth. 

Just this Friday, August 24, 2018, D. George Sweigert’s Plaintiff’s Fifth Request for Judicial Notice [RJN] was filed in the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina.  Four Public Artifacts were submitted including an August 16, 2018 article concerning the death of Jenny Marie Moore also known as Task Force, who had been closely associated with George Webb’s internet broadcasts. Thomas Paine is especially noted in Public Artifact Section Three in regard to his True Pundit reporting on this untimely death of an investigative reporter who had been interviewing first hand witnesses to alleged child trafficking complaints in connection with the Clintons.

See links below for Documents filed under Entry 14 in the Sweigert RICO lawsuit.

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Where Have All The Drama Queens Gone? The March Dallas Hear The Watchmen Conference Is A Hard Act to Follow For the Knoxville Event Organizers

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Mike Whitestone AKA Mike Kerr once again tempting Fate

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Mike Whitestone AKA Mike Kerr

It would appear that many are contemplating the upcoming September 30-October 2, 2016  Hear The Watchmen Conference in Knoxville, Tennessee, as I see an upsurge in the readership of this blog’s dozen or so articles on the first conference, which took place in Dallas last March 18-20, 2016.

That first Hear The Watchmen Conference had featured 9 key speakers, Paul McGuire, L. A. Marzulli, Pastor David Lankford, Michael Boldea, Russ Dizdar, Jon Robberson, Gregg Jackson, Coach Dave Daubenmire and Pastor Flip Benham.  In addition, the emcees for the Dallas event were Doug and Joe Hagmann, John B. Wells and Sheila Zilinsky.  The names highlighted in bold print are those who are not on the roster for the Knoxville conference.

As they stood by the sullied reputation of event organizers Mike Kerr AKA Mike Whitestone and his wife Jeannie Moore/Kerr, the missing participants from the Knoxville conference displayed a loyalty unmatched in the Shakespearean-style dramas of the Merchants of Christian Alternative Media.  Also missing from the new roster of speakers is Steve Quayle, who for a short time was shown in the photo lineup of the Knoxville conference.

As befitting the short history of the Hear The Watchmen Conference,  the scripture chosen to highlight the Knoxville event is “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few”.  (Matthew 9:37).  Below is the roster of speakers of the September Hear The Watchmen Conference:

The Laborers in the Knoxville field

The Laborers in the Knoxville field

Last spring the first conference generated much interest due to the controversy which arose when Nathan Leal reproved the New Age heresies of Dr. Ted Broer.   As a result of listening on December 18, 2015, to that particular Hagmann/Broer interview, Nathan Leal made an attempt to deal with the heresy issues with the organizers of the Hear The Watchman Conference, as both men were scheduled to speak on the same platform. When that discussion failed,  Leal issued a letter of resignation from the conference on December 23, 2015, as a matter of conscience.

Subsequently, Dave Hodges on his Commonsense show defended Dr. Ted Broer’s version of events.  In the meantime Donna Leal had mentioned in late December that they had been threatened with a lawsuit regarding “fair use”.  I am guessing this had something to do with the audio created by Nathan Leal explaining precisely why he had disagreed so strongly with Broer’s theology.  Leal had wisely used sound bites from the radio broadcast so that the listener could hear what had been stated. By January 8, 2016, this audio had been removed from Nathan Leal’s website.

John Little of Omega Shock  defended Nathan Leal, and provided key information on the behind the scenes attacks against Leal which had resulted when he publically stated his reasons for separating from the Hear The Watchman Conference. On January 4, 2016 in response to this incident, I posted Kudos to Nathan Leal of the Watchman’s Cry for Standing Up (For a Few Days Anyway) to Dr. Ted Broer, Hagmann and Hagmann and Dave Hodges.  I was quite surprised by the high numbers of readers interested in this particular incident.  And so on January 11, 2016,  I wrote another article involving Steve Quayle and Pastor David Lankford, who were pressured to publically comment on the underlying causes of this controversy.

On January 28, 2016 I posted Cloven Tongues of Strange Fire:  The Continuing Controversy of the Hear The Watchmen Conference, and two days later on January 30th again posted another article called, The Sins of Christian Marketplace Conflicts of Interest:  or when Doug and Joe Hagmann, Did You Intend to  Release The Results of Your Background Investigation of the Founders of the Hear The Watchmen Conference?

Eight more articles ensued discussing  the shady fund-raising history of the fictitious name Mike Whitestone AKA Mike Kerr and his wife Jeannie Moore/Kerr and their GOFUNDME account, as well as Doug Hagmann and John B. Wells’ attempt to defend the duplicity of Mike Whitestone.  Other articles can be found on this blog on the speakers and persons connected with the first conference including Jon Robberson (The Hollywood Insider), Paul McGuire, Flip Benham, Sheila Zilinsky, Pastor David Lankford, Steve Quayle, Dave Hodges, and  Dave Daubenmire, who dresses in a baseball oufit, who I noted was a key defender of tax fraud Dr. Dino.

When the Dallas conference was concluded, a roster of possible participants for the Knoxville conference was shown, including a photo of Steve Quayle. Since he will not be present, I note that one of the speakers added to the current line-up is another drama queen,  Anthony Patch.  On  February 15, 2016, I wrote about his strange antics in a post called The Real Reason The Men in Black Tried to Silence Anthony Patch.

Without Douglas Hagmann, Sheila Zilinsky, and Steve Quayle to bolster the second Hear the Watchmen Conference, it would appear that this upcoming event in Knoxville, Tennessee, will be just one more dreary  conference. Perhaps Russ Dizdar might prove to be interesting, particularly as one attendee in the Spring conference who refused to clap at his speech, was ousted as a possible terrorist suspect.  I may yet examine all of Dizdar’s material in-depth, having only perused through some of his audios.  Of note is that this month someone used my email contact information, without my permission, to subscribe me to Russ Dizdar’s newsletter, notices, book discounts, and upcoming event notices.

A short summary of key events given below will remind my regular readers that the brouhaha associated with the Nathan Leal/Dr. Ted Broer controversy represented a real crisis in the inner circle of Doug Hagmann and Steve Quayle.  Nathan Leal had for some time been a featured repeat guest on the Hagmann show, but his brief stand against the heresy of another Hagmann guest represented a breach of the code of loyalty of the brotherhood of this Alternative Media universe. Into the breach jumped Dave Hodges to defend Broer. And then on January 7, 2016,  Steve Quayle and Pastor David Lankford publically commented on this situation, due to the pressure from their inquiring listener base.

John Little then defends Leal, and brings to light the unsavory actions of the conference organizer Mike Whitestone, who is trying to distance himself from critical newspaper articles written exposing his fundraising tactics under his real name Mike Kerr.  His wife’s toffee business is a sponsor of the Hagmann broadcast.  On February 20, 2016 I wrote an article called The King of Jousters, John B. Wells and his ARK Knight-errant, Sir Douglas Hagmann give a Private Exhibition of Their Prowess.  In this article as well as others, I transcribe the audio of the men defending the shady actions of their friends who partner and promote each other in the Alternative Media. On March 2, 2016 Douglas Hagmann ranted on air against bloggers who transcribe his every word.

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Note the New Sensitivity to the complaints against the Event Organizers who are known for their gross commercialism of the needs of Veterans and Christians. In addition to promoting this conference, Singing Lessons are encouraged by emcee John B. Wells

Last year I asked Mike Whitestone for an accounting of his GoFundMe account and was ignored. This year he lowered his monetary goal and added that this account was set up for Jean Moore, as I had questioned the legality of using a ficticious name. I had heard that Jean Moore had married Mike Kerr and I do not know if she retained her prior surname. If not, then this is another Red Flag day for the Event Organizers who like to confuse the paper trail which those nosy IRS auditors like to sniff out.

Last year I asked Mike Whitestone for an accounting of his GoFundMe account and was ignored. This year he lowered his monetary goal and added that this account was set up for Jean Moore, as I had questioned the legality of using a ficticious name. I had heard that Jean Moore had married Mike Kerr and I do not know if she retained her prior surname. If not, then this is another Red Flag day for the Event Organizers who like to confuse the paper trail which those nosy IRS auditors like to sniff out.

Publicity of the Leal/Broer/Mike Whitestone/ Dallas Hear the Watchmen conference had gotten so far out of control that a diversion smoke grenade was tossed out on February 25, 2016 by Steve Quayle who had issued a QAlert headlined as Timothy Alberino and His Family Have Come Under A Defined and Very Dangerous Attack Wednesday Night, And, Had Not God Intervened, All Would Have Died.  Again in a post, I transcribed this very strange story, as told by Timothy Alberino and Steve Quayle to Doug Hagmann.

Then during the actual conference in Dallas on March 18-20, 2016, Douglas Hagmann claimed that he had experienced major problems with the TSA at the airport, that terrorist threats had been made against conference participants,  that he was forced to stay in the hotel and advised not to leave, and that the police had erected a 25 foot surveillance tower at the hotel, of which no one had thought to take a photo of.  And then again,  there was that man who was viewed as acting strangely because he did not applaud Russ Dizdar.  That man in the audience was removed from the conference as a possible terrorist.

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As is usual with Hagmann, no police reports are provided to support his story with facts. However, after the Dallas conference, the drama continued.  I want to thank the alert reader of this blog who sent me a copy of the Vancouver Canada Provincial Adult Court docket.  We must recall that the Event Organizers and attendees claimed that the Dallas conference was anointed by God and a great success.  But within 3 days of the conclusion of this God anointed event,  one of the emcees, referred to by Mike Whitestone as a Warrior Woman for Jesus, ended up on March 23, 2016 with charges being brought against her for assault, uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm, causing disturbance, mischief-obstruction/use/enjoyment of property in Vancouver, Canada.

The British Columbia court system, file number 241656 shows as the cause claimed for these actions to be fear of injury/damage by another person.  Screenshots of this event are shown below, taken from the public records of the Vancouver Provincial Adult Court:

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As the title of this post suggests, indeed the Dallas Hear The Watchmen Conference will be a hard act to follow by those participating in this month’s Knoxville event.

 

 

 

Vector Analysis of “A Certain Man Drew a Bow at a Venture”

TEKEL:  Thou art weighed in the balances and art found wanting. Daniel 5:27
And the battle increased that day:  and the king was stayed up in his chariot against the Syrians, and died at even:  and the blood ran out of the wound into the midst of the chariot.  I Kings 22:35

When I was a teenager and first introduced to the mathematics of physics, I was astonished that mathematics could represent and calculate the flight of an arrow.  Indeed, vector analysis uses the image of the arrow to represent magnitude and direction.  Many of the arrows in the Old Testament have their source in the LORD, as deliverance, as chastisement, as a return blow on wicked archers, who employ bitter words.  When I was studying Mouni Sadhu’s teachings on the Tarot, it was notable that each card had an aspect that was represented by a different form of an arrow, all based on a false theory of the Tetragrammaton.

And so today I am going to ponder an interesting phenomenon spoken of in I Kings 22:34 which is contained in the phrase I have highlighted with bold lettering:  And a certain man drew a bow at a venture, and smote the king of Israel between the joints of the harness:  wherefore he said unto the driver of his chariot, Turn thine hand, and carry me out of the host; for I am wounded.  One of the common synonyms for venture is “to expose to hazard, fate, or destiny”, and so the archer in this verse of scripture drew his bow, without aiming for a particular target, and let go of the arrow.  How it went from his quiver to his bow and released to sail through the air, to fulfil the prophesy of Ahab’s fall at Ramoth-gilead,  makes for an interesting vector analysis, so to speak.

Back in 2001, I observed how an arrow forged from words had hit its target, creating a deep spiritual wound which took some five months to recover from.  Later, when I started studying the gematria of the Scriptures, I  remembered the words which were the bow which sent that particular arrow in a direct hit.  The words which had been used as a weapon were  Wounded in Battle, and the scripture quoted had been I Kings 22:35. The interesting thing I noted about the Hebrew gematria of this verse is that it equals 3003, which is also equivalent to the Hebrew gematria of Daniel 5:27.  Both scriptures are quoted at the top of this post.

The word venture in its archaic sense means “trusting to chance”.  Balaam, who I consider to be the model of the leopard Meroz, displayed a loose regard for quoting the words given him by God, while at the same time proclaiming his faithful application of the words of God.  As a prophet with a lying spirit, Balaam became as a “certain man who drew a bow at a venture”, speaking some of the most important prophecies in the Old Testament of Israel.  And so we read one of his lies spoken in Numbers 24: 12-13, which came back to haunt him:  And Balaam said unto Balak, Spake I not also to thy messengers which thou sentest unto me, saying, If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the commandment of the LORD, to do either good or bad of mine own mind; but what the LORD saith, that will I speak?

In all of this we need to recall the warning of James 3:8-10, But the tongue can no man tame, it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.  Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.  Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing.  My brethren, these things ought not so to be. How important are our words and the source of the fountain from which those words spring?

The answer is that words are very important, for we read in Luke 20:19 after Jesus spoke of the stone which the builders had rejected,  the chief priests and the scribes the same hour sought to lay hands on him; and they feared the people: for they perceived that he had spoken this parable against them.  And they watched him, and sent forth spies, which should feign themselves just men, that they might take hold of his words, that so they might deliver him unto the power and authority of the governor.

There are various methods of overturning the words of God, while appearing to have noble motives. The laying in the Balances of Judgment, false weights constructed by the deceitful use of gematria, which substitute one scripture verse with another, is a critical method of warfare through the use of guile.  The source of such a technique is Satan himself, and it is the servants of Satan in the hidden realm of this world which release such arrows as noted in Psalm 64:3-4, Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words:  that they may shoot in secret at the perfect:  suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not.

The story we are considering today however involves similar principles and begins with a visit of Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah,  to Ahab, the king of Israel. I Kings 22:4 tells us that Ahab asked Jehoshaphat if he will help him take Ramoth in Gilead out of the hand of the king of Syria.  Jehoshaphat agrees and asks Ahab to inquire at the word of the LORD, but Ahab instead gathers 400 false prophets who all agreed that it was the will of the LORD to go up to battle. Jehoshaphat, whose name combines Jehovah with Judged, asks, Is there not here a prophet of the LORD besides, that we might inquire of him?  There was one true prophet nearby, Micaiah; but he is in prison because Ahab hates him for prophesying evil against the king.

When Micaiah is brought forth and states the same prophesy as the false prophets, Ahab becomes irritated by the sarcasm of Micaiah. After that the true prophet speaks the truth forthrightly.  It is interesting that King Ahab does know that his false prophets have spoken falsely; yet he cannot seem to bring himself to hear the truth spoken, so when Micaiah speaks the true word from the LORD, and it does not agree with Ahab’s desires, he is further irritated.

Then Micaiah says (verse 19-23), Hear thou therefore the word of the LORD: I saw the LORD sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven standing by him on his right hand and on his left.  And the LORD said, Who shall persuade Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead?  And one said on this manner, and another said on that manner.  And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and said, I will persuade him.  And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith?  And he said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.  And he said, Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail also: go forth, and do so. Now therefore, behold, the LORD hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these thy prophets, and the LORD hath spoken evil concerning thee.

So here we have an interesting scenario of a lying spirit doing the will of God. And as Daniel 5:27 represented something weighed in the balances as part of a prophesy of the imminent fall of Babylon, we also see a weighing in the balances in I Kings 22,  which resulted in the imminent fall of  King Ahab.

We are going to step back from this scene for a moment and consider the philosophy of  Kyudo: the Way of the Arrow as related by Jeri Massi, a Christian woman who also is a martial arts master.  Her words are excerpted from her book, Letters to Lynn Redgrave:  Martial Enlightenment for Modern Women (and Men), published in 2014.  We have just been considering how the LORD can commission lying spirits to bring about His will, in the case of a historical battle and the death of an evil king. So why not also take a short look at the battle philosophies developed by godless men, for there may be a golden nugget of truth in what they propose.

Jerri Massi, beginning on page 119, is giving advice based on The Fire Book -Hi no Maki, written by Musashi.  She begins, “In Zen, the outward elements of weapon (any weapon), strategy, setting, and the self are blended.  We Westerners wall out objective reality from our selves, making the thinker one entity and the object that he observes entirely separate.  To the Japanese philosophers, the walls between self and the perceived object are a lot thinner, and there are many joining places.”

She continues, “To explain the ‘meaning of life and death’ in terms of fight theory, I need to explain Japanese archery (kyudo) to you,  In kyudo, the bow is nearly as tall as a Japanese man, and the first several months of learning this art are spent learning to string the bow.  Then the next year is spent learning to draw the bow correctly, using breath and harmony of motion rather than raw strength.  Finally the student learns to shoot the arrow.”

“But to consciously release the arrow is forbidden.  The arrow must release itself or the shot goes astray.  And so, for the next year, the student archer learns *not* to release the arrow as he holds the drawn bow.  He waits until self and arrow and breath are united, and then the arrow freely flies.…Aiming is never taught in the conventional sense. When the student has learned to consistently unite breath and self to arrow and bow, he begins shooting down the length of the long archery hall.  There is no siting down the arm or arrow, no squinting, no tilting the head over.”

“Yet the masters unfailingly hit the black area of the target again and again… Eugen Herrigel, the first Westerner to become a Master of kyudo…would later demonstrate this same feat of skill in his native Germany.  The archer, he explained, actually aims at himself.  He is not shooting a separate entity called a target. Rather, the target (like the bow and the arrow) is an extension of himself on which he focuses his mind….What unites the archer to the target?  Obviously the arrow does.  He is the bow, and he is the arrow, and he is the target”.

After pondering this Oriental perspective, we return back to see how King Ahab became the bow, the arrow and the target, resulting in his death. We recall that Ahab had called in 400 false prophets, but Jehoshaphat desired the word of a true prophet, and Micaiah was brought forth to speak the word of God to Ahab.  Ezekiel 14:1 tells of certain elders who made enquiry of the prophet Ezekiel but the LORD answered in verse 4, Therefore speak unto them, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Every man of the house of Israel that setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to the prophet; I the LORD will answer him that cometh according to the multitude of his idols;  that I may take the house of Israel in their own heart, because the are all estranged from me through their idols.

The LORD commissioned a lying spirit to persuade Ahab to go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead.  To circumvent this, Ahab went into battle in disguise; whereas he instructed Jehoshaphat to wear his robes, making him identifiable as the only king at the scene of the battle.  The king of Syria had commanded his 32 captains to ignore the small and the great and to target the king of Israel, exclusively.  Thus Jehoshaphat almost lost his life, when the Syrians pursued him, thinking that he was in fact Ahab.  When he cried out, his life was spared.  It was after that, that a certain man drew a bow at a venture, smiting the king of Israel between the joints of the harness, wounding him so that his blood flowed out in the midst of his chariot.

Thus was fulfilled the spiritual principle laid out in Ezekiel 14, and signified in verse 8 which says, And I will set my face against that man, and will make him a sign and a proverb, and I will cut him off from the midst of my people: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

Thus in our Vector Analysis of “a certain man drew a bow at a venture”, the great balances of the judgments of the Order of the Leopard have been examined, according to the principles laid out in the Scriptures.

The fatal flaw of Ahab, king of Israel was that he knew his 400 prophets prophesied falsely in order to tell him what he wanted to hear. And he knew that the true prophet Micaiah, in speaking evil against him, spoke the word of the LORD truly.

TEKEL:  thou art weighed in the balances and art found wanting was forged into an arrow with the magnitude and direction of an executioner of death, and the king thus wounded, died at evening.