I want to try to comment on the deeper spiritual dimension of these times and what I see going on right under people’s noses.
First of all I want to say that I’ve had a weird suspicion that what we’re seeing proves an archetypal- rather than prophetic- reading of the Revelation of St. John.
We have the emergence of far-right charismatic figures- almost all of them somehow connected- who trade in xenophobia, racism, sexism, and the politics of fear. They profess a love for the people and even love for God, but they harbor immense greed and corruption. Their reach is international, coming up from the sea on every shore. You might say they represent a political force that, metaphorically speaking, have “seven heads with ten crowns” (I think the specific numbers are arguably unimportant here, only that the beast is both one and many, holding sway over multiple sovereign powers). Many people who declare themselves Christians have fallen for them; they have been given power to deceive and make war.
It is worth noting that in the Book of Revelation, it doesn’t say that who Beast and his cohorts get their power from; only that they are “given power.” If that power is given as a political appointment it’s still given.
There is, of course, beast imagery involved but it’s vague and circumspect. It emerged today that Jared Kushner has been implicated in the Russia investigation; it is worth noting that Kushner owns 666 5th Avenue in New York City. And of course, with the new presidential limo still not ready, Trump rode to his inauguration in a limo built for the previous president, called “The Beast” (a name that may be shared with his new limousine). Make of that what you will but it’s not really what I’m interested in.
Rather what I’m interested in is this verse:
And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.
Now where have we seen “unclean spirits like frogs” that spread out from the metaphorical mouths of this “beast” of many heads?
Enter Pepe the Frog, the former harmless stoner cartoon character who was adopted by the far right as a mascot after a weird series of coincidences created the mostly-satirical Cult of Kek, which I’ll link you to this article for if you’re not already in the know (the article also contains some helpful links).
Whether or not anyone ever intended serious reverence to this chaos deity, the idea of Kek- the archetype behind it- was embodied in their words and actions and so, in a Jungian sense, Kek became real through them and brought its chaos into the world, and the image of Pepe, once a peaceful, fun-loving stoner frog, had now become inextricably linked to that chaotic force.
And so we see arising in the mid-2010s not only the bizarre pseudo-worship of an evil Egyptian deity of chaos and darkness as a phenomenon inherently linked to politics, but also the creation of Kek memes supporting right-wing politicians in a sort of sympathetic magic. Some of you might remember the flood of “Rare Pepes” called for by /pol/ on Twitter during the 2016 elections and, more recently, the French elections.
But something changed between November 2016 and May 2017. What was it?
On 7 May 2017, Cartoonist Matt Furie, creator of Pepe, killed off his creation.
On that very same day, Marine LePen, subject of several Kek memes, lost the French election.
In the days since, I cannot count the number of bombshells, revelations, leaks, developments, and escalations involving the investigation of the Trump administration’s ties to Russia. Impeachment, unimaginable only 12 days ago, now seems plausible and is being openly discussed where before, it seemed only remote.
The outcome of this investigation and its fallout will tell us more about what’s happening. If a massive roundup of administration officials is carried out and the West is able to root out the machinations of Putin, then we might consider this a warning.
But if Trump is able to get through this ordeal unscathed, and continues to press his agenda forward, then I urge you to consider this verse:
And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
The fatal wound here may not be a literal fatal wound, but rather a political scandal that should have brought this whole scheme down but didn’t. Beware. We’ve already seen that this political machine has a high degree of immunity to scandal, in all of its international manifestations, because it is both highly adaptable and highly capable of convincing people of its goodness even when these same people are being robbed blind by it.
Whatever happens, be strong and don’t accept the mark. I promise you it will be worth it.