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A walk to the park
in a drizzle unhurried,
Oh, the heave about my throat
is gone.
And the asphalt gleams with desire-
My feet may slosh through
A puddle or two,-never mind
But autumn is at my feet:
The greens are gold and
Red flushed with fleeting clouds
Overhead.
Intimations
Of winter tousle my hair
Even as geese glides to their tryst,
Silent before a world gone to sleep.
Benny

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“Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six (Re.13:18).”

In order to understand the number that marks the beast we have to follow one hint given in the verse. ‘It is the mark of a man’. This man is only distinct from us by the fact given in v.4 “And they (world) worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast:…”Th dragon or Satan owns him.
As an introduction let us follow a few hints the Spirit has left for us.
In the Book of Revelation wherever the vision concerns the events on the earth the Spirit uses a tag that denotes the earthly ministry of our Lord Savior. Forty two months (Re.11:2) or a thousand two hundred and three score days(Re.11:3; Re.12:6). This works out to three and half years. This number is encrypted as it were, and tells about Jesus and his role as the redeemer of the world. Another tag which the Spirit uses is a time, and times, and half a time (Re.12:14). If we write this in numerals it is 1+2+1/2. This is another way of saying Three and half. This is the earth number.
The Spirit assigns a number for heaven.
What does seven signify? It is the number of days God worked and He rested on the seventh day. Here we have 4+3=7
The creation account as given in the Book of Genesis we can see God made in four days the next 2 he took for man his world. On the seventh day he rested from his labors(Ge.2:2).
Mathematics is human invention and the Spirit uses it in terms of man. As such we are to look for counting fingers as adequate.
So seven indicates perfection because He made heaven and the earth and its spiritual significance is fellowship with man.
Let us consider the Godhead. The Lord God is one. So the numeral is 1.
How do we explain trinity?
God the Father and God the Son is another way of referring the Lord Almighty. The numeral is Two where the Father-Son relationship represents the Will of God and its Fulfillment.
God the Father God the Son and the Holy Spirit is Three.
The same three is established as self-standing because the core value of heaven and the earth is built about fellowship of God with man. This eternal truth is represented by Body Spirit and Soul. Man is a tripartite being as Trinity.
When God has created the Seventh Day as holy whosoever stops short of hallowing it rebels against God. In short the Spirit indicates 6 as contrary to God.
When the man bears the name of blasphemy it is 666.
Consider the rationale of ‘time, times and half a time’? can it not be expressed as 6 6 6?
Benny

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Where shall my excess baggage go
When death sends my spirit as such
On a carousal beyond farthest reach?

My spirit has its sphinx-like riddle:
Never shall my lips tattletale carry,
My soul shall have his will.

No matter something of vision I leave
placid lakes mirror rolling face of heaven
It is as though I have come unbidden;

Well seek not where wind blows leaves
Plucked out of its nest by violence:
Consider it as though in remembrance
Done for one for whom death came by chance.

Benny

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Signs of our times alarmingly point to the realities of the world, nations each jockeying for peace and prosperity and for all sound and fury having neither to show and no assurance of light at the end of the tunnel. This inability must lead to desperate measures that nations shall adopt in future but for how long, can they hold on? And what we see now is beginning of the end. It shall break into a cataclysmic upheaval so the present world order shall change completely. Before I come to it here is a verse from the Bible to show there cannot be any effective pact between two persons antithetical to one other. “And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? (2 Co.6:16)”

We are now contemplating a space army and colonizing space and also mining for precious ore in future. Without managing the earth and proving man as a keystone species for good what spirit is driving him to hazard what is seemingly impossible? Let us call it progress. Such progress does not usher in any brave new world as man had hoped for but instead we have a dystopian world, Most recently we have seen some kingdoms being guilty of appalling record of human right abuses but nations with an eye for their natural resources delude themselves they can still do business with them. Such pragmatism shall override man’s moral queasiness slowly till it disappears altogether. We see the churches hobnobbing with serial adulterers and men who are accused of reprehensible conduct.
Newsweek in their 23 Oct. issue carried this news:
Televangelist Pat Robertson has accused the philanthropist George Soros of financing the caravan of migrants heading toward the U.S. border—though admitted that there is “no hard evidence” to support his claim.

The founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network appeared on the network’s flagship show The 700 Club to discuss the thousands of Central American migrants who are currently making their way to the U.S. border.

Robertson said that if the caravan of as many as 7,000 people does make it to their destination, the matter could become a “public relations nightmare” for President Donald Trump.
What has white evangelicalism to mirror the policies of far right or White supremacist groups? Recent Pittsburg Tree of Life Synagogue mayhem,- a chilling consequence of targeted antisemitism is fresh in the memory of the world all over. In the light of which what would Pat Robertson’s comments mean?
In the Book of Revelation we read of two beasts arising out of the land and of the sea. The latter is shown as a shaman teaching the world to worship the other beast from the land who has succeeded to set the world order according to his will. He is blasphemy written over and the beast is now in service and it is like the concord of belial and the church as quoted earlier.

When the world had rejected Prince of peace and have swallowed without murmur material progress as real it is a sure sign where it is leading to. Those who would not be straightened by wholesome doctrines shall be condemned to much worse doctrines the beast would implement. Antichrist shall find enough verses to prove the Beast scripturally sound. Am I being far fetched? History shows how. Nazi regime had used the name of Luther to support their own policies. (Luther had taken side of the repressive powers against the peasant’s revolt in 1526 thereby unfortunately giving a handle to the brown shirts!). It is the beginning of sorrows that we see now.
Benny

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Jamal Khashoggi
would sign some papers but found
No hand to sign with.
2.
Halloween is here:
Ain’t got mind for trick or treat:
Pumpkin heads wanna play.
3.
Yemen O Yemen
Is it Halloween or death
Saudi has let loose?
Benny

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