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January 05, 2005

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Bernard Guerrero

Crap, I'm behind schedule.

Traveller


Dear Carlos:

SO that's what the Left Behind series is all about. I see stacks and volumns of them for sale here and there, but being pretty far behind in most things, I have haven't had the time to peruse this trash.

Thanks for doing this for me and bringing me up to speed...lol

Best Wishes,

Traveller

Carlos

Oh, they're even worse than that, Traveller. The Left Behind books are intended to proselytize the unwary to the authors' occult version of 'dispensationalist' theology.

Here's an example of how occult the books actually are: Old Nick's full name in the series is 'Nicolae Jetty Carpathia'. The origins of the first and last names should be fairly obvious. But that middle name!

You see, Carpathia's special number in the series is 216. 216 is, of course, 6 * 6 * 6. And if you add up the letter values of his full name, using the simple substitution A = 1, B = 2... Z = 26, you get... 216.

I am not sure how they came up with Jetty in particular. My working hypothesis is that they came up with the somewhat cool pulp name of 'Nicolae Carpathia', did their bit of numerology, and found out they had 80 more to go. 'Jetty' breaks down rather simply to 10 + 5 + 20 + 20 + 25. Perhaps they were working towards 'Jassy'; or perhaps they add numbers best in multiples of five.

I'll note there's an actual Romanian name that would have worked as well: 'Bossy' = 2 + 15 + 19 + 19 + 25. But perhaps Nicolae Bossy-Carpathia was just a little too unsubtle for LaHaye and Jenkins.

C.

larry

An interesting website which expands upon the subject of the rapture and presents many additonal points of view.

rapture ready

Traveller

Thanks for the interesting link, Larry, (and nothing against you personally, I have some rapture oriented people in my family), but these people are, "Nutters." Still, that site was an interesting read.

What I find somewhat curious is that there are good and sufficient reason to have, at times and on certain issues, an apocalyptic view...but this never seems to enter peoples minds.

I’ve written a bit on the recent Tsunami, a perfectly normal event in geological time, but today I did a little piece on Yellowstone to hopefully give some perspective to a friend on a private site that lost a much loved cousin in the Tsunami. She was 25 years old, lovely, and had everything in the world to live for...but she took a limousine instead of a bus to the beach from the airport and arrived just as the Tsunami hit...a different mode of transportation, five minutes one way or another, she’d still be alive, safe in her hotel rather than driving along the shore line in a Limo...well...life is tough as an entirety, but fragile beyond belief individually.

Still, things very naturally and normally go apocalyptic in this world from time to time. Man in his weakness seeks comfort in some form of religious explanation.

Dear Members:

I doubt that what follows will forward any emotional solace to Xxxx, his cousin was very pretty, full of life and yet, by some random act of fate has lost it all. My sadness over this is indescribable.

And yet, I must say that I'm a little fatalistic also. I just happened to be reading Bill Bryson's best seller, A Short History of Nearly Everything, and thought it might be interesting to pass along, to have my secretary type the passage on Yellowstone. If we were to think that the Tsunami was bad, recent (in geologic terms) lesser volcanic eruptions reduced mankind to a few thousand individuals and it took apparently twenty thousand years for human kind to recover.

Anything from Yellowstone would be infinitely worse. Brynson on Yellowstone:

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“All this was hypothetically interesting until 1973, when an odd occurence made it suddenly momentous: water in Yellowstone Lake, in the heart of the park, began to run over the banks at the lake's southern end, flooding a meadow, while at the opposite end of the lake the water mysteriously flowed away. Geologists did a hasty survey and discovered that a large area of the park had developed an ominous bulge. This was lifting up one end of the lake and causing the water to run out at the other, as would happen if you lifted one side of a child's wading pool. By 1984, the whole central region of the park-several dozen square miles-was more than three feet higher than it had been in 1924, when the park was last formally surveyed. Then in 1985, the whole of the central part of the park subsided by eight inches. It now seems to be swelling again.

The geologists realized that only one thing could cause this-a restless magma chamber. Yellowstone wasn't the site of an ancient supervolcano; it was the site of an active one. It was also at about this time that they were able to work out that the cycle of Yellowstone's eruptions averaged one massive blow every 600,000 years. The last one, interestingly enough, was 630,000 years ago. Yellowstone, it appears, is due.”
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Our Time Span on this earth is so short that we probably won't see Yellowstone go bad...but it is out there, and waiting. Mankind itself might very well not survive such an eruption by the volcano that underlies all of Yellowstone Park, it is mammoth and huge beyond our meager comprehension.

Best Wishes,
Traveller

Carlos

I don't mean to step on anyone's toes, but I'd rather that one of the most important events in Time itself was based on a sounder method than the one used to determine whether Aquaman can marry a woman without gills or not.

There is a story that John Calvin was once asked why he never wrote any commentaries on the Book of Revelation. He is said to have replied, because that is the one book of the Bible I don't understand.

I'm pretty sure LaHaye's understanding of the Bible (and Hal Lindsey's, and so forth) is less than John Calvin's.

C.

Robert

Fred Clark's commentary is indeed impressive - if he keeps it up, he'll have written the longest and most detailed book review since the Talmud. (About a year ago I did a wordcount on Fred's first few posts, and worked out that he had devoted 3600 words to the first 9 pages of the first book in the series.

I have a vision of the final Slactivist Commentary being published in the form of a series of enormous folio volumes, with the text of _Left Behind_ in the center and Fred's comments (and those of future commentators) surrounding it on all sides.

Chuck

I was speaking with a friend who is an expert on the Book of Daniel about Al Gore's documentary and how Gorbacev (with the Hebrew number "6" on his head that also resembles a "fatal wound that has healed [Rev. 13]) has the same philosophy and focus as Gore, and she blurted out "The Big horn and the little horn ... Gore and Gorby ...." We were stunned. I looked up the Hebrew translation in Strong's Concordance and the word for "horn" from Daniel 11 is "qeren", from the root "qaran" - English translation ... "to gore"....

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