Sapiens

I am just finishing up a brilliant book that is an epic overview of the human race, although from a secular perspective. The book is called Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, written by Yuval Noah Harari, a history professor from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, published in February 2015. Back in March I mentioned him in a blog post, and I have finally got around to finishing the book.

I want to share something of his which I feel is a very important insight into the state of human society today, which is rather unappreciated by most people, even by those who are supposed to be seeing things from a grander perspective. I’m speaking as a Christian and I’m talking about the leadership of the Church today, which claims to hold both a mantle of authority and leadership, along with a prophetic vision to chart a course for the future according to God’s plan.

For goodness sake we are supposed to be able to see the world from a position above the cultural attitudes and prejudices that draw carnal people to and fro! We are supposed to know who we are, where we are, and where we are going in relation to the greater plan of God! This is why I really enjoy taking in a Big Picture perspective such as the one offered by Harari. Sad to say, he seems to possess deeper insight about “where we are” than does 90% of the popular prophetic voices celebrated in the Church.

But enough of my rant, here is a short passage near the end of his book, where he offers some commentary on the global shift that has just recently overtaken human society. In the past human social organization revolved around the family and the community, and it was through these close relationships that people became grounded in their identities, realized personal fulfillment, and met their basic needs. However, now we are dominated by the Market and the State. At one time we all tended to recognize that we lived within a close network of mutual obligations, but…

“All this changed dramatically over the last two centuries. The Industrial Revolution gave the market immense new powers, provided the state with new means of communication and transportation, and placed at the government’s disposal an army of clerks, teachers, policemen and social workers. At first the market and the state discovered their path blocked by traditional families and communities who had little love for outside intervention. Parents and community elders were reluctant to let the younger generation be indoctrinated by nationalist education systems, conscripted into armies or turned into a rootless urban proletariat.

Over time, states and markets used their growing power to weaken the traditional bonds of family and community. The state sent its policemen to stop family vendettas and replace them with court decisions. The market sent its hawkers to wipe out longstanding local traditions and replace them with ever-changing commercial fashions. Yet this was not enough. In order to really break the power of family and community, they needed the help of a fifth column.

The state and the market approached people with an offer that could not be refused. ‘Become individuals,’ they said. ‘Marry whomever you desire, without asking permission from your parents. Take up whatever job suits you, even if community elders frown. Live wherever you wish, even if you cannot make it every week to the family dinner. You are no longer dependent on your family or your community. We, the state and the market, will take care of you instead. We will provide food, shelter, education, health, welfare and employment. We will provide pensions, insurance, and protection.’

Romantic literature often presents the individual as somebody caught in a struggle against the state and the market. Nothing could be further from the truth. The state and the market are the mother and father of the individual, and the individual can survive only thanks to them. The market provides us with work, insurance and a pension. If we want to study a profession, the government’s schools are there to teach us. If we want to open a business, the bank loans us money. If we want to build a house, a construction company builds it and the bank gives us a mortgage, in some cases subsidized or insured by the state. If violence flares up, the police protect us. If we are debilitated for months, national social services steps in. If we need around-the-clock assistance, we can go to the market and hire a nurse — usually some stranger from the other side of the world who takes care of us with the kind of devotion that we no longer expect from our own children. If we have the means, we can spend our golden years at a senior citizens’ home. The tax authorities treat us as individuals, and do not expect us to pay the neighbors taxes. The courts, too, see us as individuals, and never punish us for the crimes of our cousins…

But the liberation of the individual comes at a cost. Many of us now bewail the loss of strong families and communities and feel alienated and threatened by the power the impersonal state and market wield over our lives. States and markets composed of alienated individuals can intervene in the lives of their members much more easily than states and markets composed of strong families and communities. When neighbors in a high-rise apartment building cannot even agree on how much to pay the janitor, how can we expect them to resist the state?

The deal between states, markets and individuals is an uneasy one. The state and the market disagree about their mutual rights and obligations, and individuals complain that both demand too much and provide too little. In many cases individuals are exploited by markets, and states employ their armies, police forces and bureaucracies to persecute individuals instead of defending them. Yet it is amazing that this deal works at all — however imperfectly. For it breaches countless generations of human social arrangements [which] designed us to live and think as community members. Within a mere two centuries we have become alienated individuals. Nothing testifies better to the awesome power of culture.” (Harari, pp. 358-60)

Please think about this, and recognize that it is a combination of the Market and the State that has created the Beast that rules the world today. We can’t be blindly anti-State and look hopefully for some “free market utopia” to solve all our problems, and we can’t be purely anti-Market agitating for the downfall of Capitalism as the entry point into some future egalitarian hippie holiday. Its much more complicated than Left vs. Right, and neither the Tea Party nor Occupy has the answer, because the Market and the State have always worked together. There would have been no Big Government without the increased production of global commerce, and there would be no global Capitalism without the protection of Big Government. These two monsters always go hand-in-hand.

Our job, on the other hand, is to move forward into the future as a prophetic colony of the Kingdom of God, not merely reacting or protesting, but moving forward with the plan and the vision of God.

I leave you with an insightful quote from author and pastor Brian Zahnd, which comes by way of the Culture Shock podcast from May 15:

“The Beast knows you by number, but the Lamb knows you by name.”

The Mysterious Tree of Life

This morning I was compelled to write what promises to be the entry point into an incredible line of research. It will be very controversial and it touches upon some very sensitive subjects, yet I also feel that digging into this mystery is absolutely necessary in the 21st Century.

You see, if you have been paying attention you know that modern science has been making great strides in developing its own version of human origins ever since the human genome was decoded in 2003. You can read a good overview of this progress in an article from the Wall Street Journal here.

In the face of these recent developments I think it is time to think outside the box and to deliver a new perspective that affirms the truth of the Gospel and the absolute necessity to reconcile Man with God, with Jesus as the only mediator bringing that reconciliation about.

That’s what my new series will be all about, and you can step into part one here:

The Tree of Life: The Mysterious Symbol at the Heart of the New Exodus

Peter Goodgame
May 19, 2015
Kailua, Hawaii

Tim Bence in Hawaii

For the next few weeks Tim Bence will be visiting the island of Oahu as well as the Big Island.

Readers may remember Tim Bence from his interviews with Rob Skiba on the subject of “Canaanite Altars and the Federal Reserve.” You can listen to these amazing conversations here for Part One and Part Two. Tim is like a Special Forces soldier for the Kingdom of Heaven and his stories and preaching are always inspiring!

We plan to join Tim when he will be sharing on Monday night at 7pm on April 6 at Regal Bakery on Beretania Street in Honolulu. After that Tim will be flying to the Big Island to spend some time in Kona.

On April 22, Wednesday night at 7pm, we will be hosting Tim Bence at Center of Light Church in Kalihi Valley on the outskirts of Honolulu. The church is located at 1776 Kalaepaa Drive. There is plenty of parking and all visitors are welcome!

 

Technology: Our Future Savior ?

Are you ready to expend some intellectual energy and listen to some of the biggest challenges currently facing the human race? Are you ready to look at the big picture perspective? Well then set aside a half-hour or so of your time and either watch or read the interview found here:

http://edge.org/conversation/yuval_noah_harari-daniel_kahneman-death-is-optional

The conversation is between historian Yuval Noah Harari and economist Daniel Kahneman, and they discuss the future of human society. Harari is a brilliant atheist, and he will challenge you and make you think. 

After you finish absorbing many of the uncomfortable prophetic statements given by Harari (even as he continually insists that he is not making any predictions), then take a look at the response to this conversation given by columnist (and brilliant Christian) Ross Douthat of the New York Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/08/opinion/sunday/ross-douthat-the-case-for-old-ideas.html?

Harari speaks of the future when human brainpower, which is currently limited to the biological realm, will be merged with the technological realm. He believes this soon will lead to eternal consciousness for the planet’s elites who can afford to pay for it. He calls this future and inevitable merging the “Singularity” that is fast approaching, and I have heard this term mentioned often in scientific futurist circles.

However, I am convinced that the true “Singularity” occurred on the day of Pentecost in 33 AD when the Spirit of God was released from heaven to merge with those who repent, renounce sefishness, and turn to Jesus Christ and the example of His life that was lived and sacrificed on our behalf. All other attempts to possess eternal life will fail.

You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far reaches of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’ But you are brought down to Sheol, to the far reaches of the pit.  (Isaiah 14:13-15)

As she glorified herself and lived in luxury, so give her a like measure of torment and mourning, since in her heart she says, ‘I sit as a queen, I am no widow, and mourning I shall never see.’ For this reason her plagues will come in a single day, death and mourning and famine, and she will be burned up with fire; for mighty is the Lord God who has judged her.”  (Revelation 18:7-8)

 

Peter Goodgame
www.redmoonrising.com
March 15, 2015

Twenty Influential Books

Here is a short list of some of the books that have recently helped shape my life:

1. The Bible ( I read the KJV, NKJV, NASB, ESV and NIV, as well as the LXX)

2. The Gospel According to Jesus – Marc Carrier (click for downloadable pdf)

3. A Glorious New Passover Exodus – John Dunn (the NEW EXODUS for beginners, click for downloadable pdf)

4. The Kingdom That Turned the World Upside Down – David Bercot

5. Early Church Fathers – Cyril Richardson (click for downloadable pdf)

6. The Gospel of the Kingdom – George Eldon Ladd (foundational basics about the Kingdom of God)

7. The High King of Heaven – Dean Davis (my current favorite End-Times overview)

8. One Journey, One Nation – Dennis Balcombe (the Holy Spirit invading China today)

9. When Heaven Invades Earth – Bill Johnson (controversial for some, but life-changing for me)

10. Mere Discipleship – Lee Camp (some say the best book on discipleship ever written)

11. Resident Aliens – Stanley Hauerwas

12. The Acts of the Risen Lord Jesus – Alan Thompson (an amazing commentary on the book of Acts)

13. Paul and the Law – Brian Rosner

14. The Church and the Ministry in the Early Centuries – Thomas Lindsay ($0.99 for kindle)

15. Debt: The First Five Thousand Years – David Graeber (from ancient Babylon to the 21st century)

16. Economics of Good and Evil – Tomas Sedlacek (again, from ancient Babylon to the 21st century)

17. Amusing Ourselves to Death – Neil Postman

18. Lead Us Into Temptation: The Triumph of American Materialism – James Twitchell (surrounded by the forbidden fruits at the end of the age)

19. Planet of Slums – Mike Davis (read the book, or click here for the short article that led to the book)

20. The Search for the Twelve Apostles – William McBirnie

Peter Goodgame
www.redmoonrising.com

Ready For Revival?

Here is an excerpt from a short book that describes a recent revival in a small town in the Midwest. There’s a lot of talking and praying about revival, as there should be, but most people really have no idea of what they are asking for:

“Pastor Steve says the main reason people pray for an outpouring of God in their church and don’t receive it is that they are not really as desperate as they think they are. They are not yet willing to make room in their lives for a move of God. They want God to come and make their church better, make their lives better, make their people better, but they are not willing to give up their lifestyles and allow God to do as He pleases. They are not willing to give up some of their religious doctrines and methods, their golf and TV, or their sports and hobbies to make room in their lives for a move of God. God does not send revival to bless our plans and make the things we want to do better. Revival will totally change the way we live, the way we think, and the way we do church. Deep in their hearts and minds, most are not yet really ready for such radical change.

The reason an outpouring comes and remains only for a season is basically the same. The people have come to a level of desperation and cried out to God until revival comes. Sometimes it is the pastor or leadership of the church that is crying out to God for an outpouring and the congregation is slow to follow, but at other times it is people in the congregation crying out to God for revival and the pastor or leadership is dragging behind. When both the leadership and the people come together in seeking an outpouring from God, and make room in their lives for a move of God, it will come. The reason it does not remain permanently is that the people or the leadership begins to be concerned again about the things of this life. Pressures and desires for natural things begin to rob them of the room in their lives for the move of God, and it will not continue.

The church in general, through the years, has seen moves of God come and go, so many people have come to believe that it is the plan of God for there to be hot spots and seasons of revivals and spiritual outpourings and for those to then fade away. It is not God’s plan for our fervor and His presence to fade away due to our declining interest and unwillingness to make room in our lives and churches for the move of God to continue. Indeed, there are phases of revelation and restoration that cause an exciting emphasis on the freshly returned gift or manifestation for a season. That exciting emphasis will fade as further gifts and works are restored; yet they remain in the church. It is God’s plan that we move on with each new piece of revelation and continue forever to walk in His presence, in His Spirit. It is His plan that we continue to bring His kingdom of heaven ways into the earth. Revival is changing our world into a reflection of the kingdom of God in heaven on earth, the way God designed it to be.”

To read one man’s testimony of a genuine revival you can go here:

http://www.openheaven.com/bookstore/downloads/ISawTheSmithtonOutpouring.pdf

Global Chaos Increasing Into 2016

Recently I have been having some interesting discussions on current events and I feel I should share my thoughts as well as some of my sources. Below is a good short video that talks about the future of the US Dollar. I know there is a lot of fear-mongering and anxiety about the potential crash of the US Dollar because of the massive injection of dollars into the global supply through QE 1, 2, and 3 over the past few years, but these commentators feel that the demand for dollars still easily outpaces the supply, and so the US Dollar will continue to rise in value globally, as it has been drastically since the middle of 2014.

The man on the right in the video above is Gordon Long, and the man on the left is Charles Hugh Smith. He lives in Hilo , Hawaii, and I feel Smith is one of the most intelligent economic forecasters in the world today. Follow his blog at
http://www.oftwominds.com/blog.html. (Thank you Terry DeGraff for reminding me of his work).

Right now the only potential threat to the American-led dollar-dominated economic block (made up of the US, EU and Japan), is the so-called BRICS alliance (of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and Southafrica). But really now, how serious of a threat are they to Wall Street, the City of London, the FED, and the US Military, even if they managed to truly form a united front? Remarking on the potential for a global economic crash in the near future, Smith and Long both agree that this is extremely unlikely, with Long saying that if a crash does occur, “the US Dollar will be the last to fall, even though it is the problem.” As usual, when the global economy starts to get shaky, the world runs to the SAFETY of the dollar, rather than running away. The BRICS are a long way off from being able to offer a credible dollar alternative.

But what about the National Debt!!?? And what about the historical fact that all fiat currencies eventually collapse!!?? We can’t sustain our debt or even our interest payments for much longer, and our children or grandchildren will eventually be forced into slavery to pay it back!! Shouldn’t we fight for a return to the Gold Standard, the foundation of God’s true economy!?

Yes, I hear these hysterical remarks constantly. The reality is that every currency is merely a social construct, whether it is backed by gold or a fiat currency backed up by faith and power. Folks, we are in a new world now, and the old classical liberal economic understanding is out of touch and far out-dated. Just as the FED was able to bail out the TBTF banks with billions of dollars in instant relief, so can the US Treasury mint a “trillion dollar coin” and give it to the FED to pay off the debt! I don’t understand it all, but I do realize that we can’t view the complicated world of modern economics like accountants adding up numbers and trying to balance spreadsheets. Look, the entire global economy is based on debt. If the debt were to be paid back there would be no circulating currency anywhere!

The reality is that the debt is really just a big joke, and is never intended to be paid back. Everyone involved knows this, even the bond-buyers. They understand that we must simply keep the current system together and everything will be fine. And this system is the most powerful the world has ever seen, backed up by more military might than was even imaginable a generation ago. When foreigners buy US debt they are not directly betting on the dollar. They are betting on the global alliance of the masters of the global marketplace, and their position as the power behind the US Military and NATO.

What the global economy runs on is faith and power, and all the power seems to flow from Manhattan Island, and to a lesser extent, the City of London, with lesser satellite branches in Frankfurt and Tokyo. It is Power that the marketplace places their faith in, which directs the flow of capital around the world. I don’t see any major events happening, economic or otherwise, that will shift the center of power away from its current base. Recessions and depressions will come and go, but the Beast marches on, grinding up everything in its path with iron teeth.

So what about the BRICS?

I think that when the BRICS become a serious threat they will be dealt with accordingly. The plans are already in place.  The whole Ukraine thing is a plan to bring Russia in line. I think in the West we are terribly misinformed of what is really going on there, and the propaganda of an aggressive Russia that “must be stopped” is the exact opposite of reality. The US and EU are the aggressors! The manipulation of the price of oil has been a deadly wound to the Russian economy, as well as to the Arab gulf states and Venezuela. Look for major problems in all these nations soon.

Regarding China, right now the US Military is involved in this thing called the “pivot to Asia” which is aimed directly at bullying China. I actually think China is in big trouble (see video above). First of all, they are already heavily invested into the dollar system. Furthermore, the children of all the Communist Party bosses are now corporate CEOs, often competing against each other. Wait until the next generation when they are in charge. There will be terrible infighting as they bicker over their “inheritance.” Even now there is an upsurge of elite wealthy Chinese leaving China. I believe God showed me a few years ago the future breakup of China into several competing states. You see, the values of commerce are overtaking the values of national solidarity in China, and the next generation of the Chinese leadership will be easy to divide and manipulate because capitalism has made them much more selfish.

Lastly, over in India the relatively new religious right-wing government is very market-friendly. The fascist Hindu caste system is a perfect match for free-market capitalism. Business owners are brahmins, while the laboring poor are the untouchables. I don’t think their merchant kings will be willing to do anything to upset the current system that would cut into their bottom line.

Basically I think the BRICS threat is over-hyped. Just another ENEMY to be called out on Fox News, to foster anxiety and ensure patriotic support for the Beast.

Looking at the Big Picture I think we are being set up for a massive violent military power-grab by the next US Administration. Regardless of who is elected in 2016 I think the next President will have momentum and popular support to assert US power globally, at the expense of Russia, China, and the Arab nations. I think the EU will benefit, as will Israel, big time. It’s all about propaganda and manipulation. I think the world will be allowed to become increasingly chaotic thru 2015 and into 2016, so that the screams of the American people (driven by Fox News and the rest of the MSM) that we must “DO SOMETHING!” become deafening. Obama is playing his role perfectly. He’s acting like a passive impotent puppet, and most Americans will cheer when a new actor comes on the scene to finally “TAKE ACTION!” and bring order to the chaos.

It is in times like these that we must be very careful to not get caught up in the carnal passions that rise up in all the chaos. Fear can drive people to do terrible things, or to latch on to terrible ideas. For Heaven’s sake, people, turn off Fox News! And turn off CNN and all the rest of the MSM machine as well, for that matter. Let’s not be a useful cog in the Beast’s machine. Let’s represent the Kingdom of Heaven instead. Fearlessly, boldly, full of love and the power of the Holy Ghost. It is the only thing that can offer true and lasting solutions to the world’s many problems!

Until next time,

Peter Goodgame
www.redmoonrising.com