By The Hermits, Sep 24 2020 01:34PM
EMPIRE, GLOBALISM, AND PERSECUTION
by Stephen de Kerdrel
As we in Britain enter the second wave of Covid19, the virus seems not to be abating, as so many thought that it would. Instead we are that told mainly by on-line ‘experts’ that the virus was caused deliberately and released, accidently or deliberately by China, the writers conveniently forgetting that Britain, the USA, and so many other countries are also weaponizing viruses and making other ‘biological weapons’ that all of us are complicit in this evil, and if it did originate from a laboratory we are all guilty by association. We are also being bombarded by people saying the pandemic is being manipulated, exaggerated, or falsified or was hatched by globalists which, I presume, means such people as Bill Gates, George Soros, the Rothschilds, Henry Kissinger, politicians in the USA, Britain and other countries of Europe, whose rulers, it is true, may well be engineering their constitutions towards creating a World State. In the Roman Catholic conservative media, there seems to be something approaching hysteria with regard to the imminent arrival of a One World State. But let us pause here and think, surely history should have taught us that there have been endless tyrants, Emperors, and kings, who have tried to rule the world since the building and destruction of the Tower of Babel.
Surely the Assyrians, the Babylonians, the Persians, Alexander the Great, Caesar and the Romans tried to do as much. In modern history we see the creation of the Islamic Caliphate and its vast sweep over the Middle East through North Africa and up into Europe within a few decades. Earlier we see Genghis Khan and his successors creating what must have seemed to their subject peoples a global Empire. To the people who were living under Kublai Khan’s rule it must have appeared that he was master of the whole world, and his Imperial palace in the city Xanadu must have been the envy of a Stalin, a Hitler, or a Mao, suffice it to say there is hardly of the city or palace of their empire left; just the amount of food needed for thier great feasts boggles the imagination.
What did Europe feel like when Napoleon became its master? The different European countries especially the Holy Roman Empire, must have thought that the Europe that they knew was gone for good, and they were proved wrong. The English, who by diplomacy, and the rule of the seas unseated that great dictator, then became the greatest Empire that the world has ever seen. As all Empires do, it too fell and then it was left to America to create a new type of Empire, a sort of plutocratic one, supposedly egalitarian, which was to defend the values of the West. Those values were simply those of the Enlightenment, and certainly not Christian, though the foundations of the Enlightenment still had certain Christian qualities.
Opposed to this Empire, was the Communist Empire which would dominate not only Russia and its many satellite countries, now dully called the Soviet Union, but would also dominate that oldest of civilizations, namely China, now no longer the Ancient Empire but now the country with the largest population in the world. All these different empires build on a colossal scale, be it Assyrian or Babylonian, American or the Russian, with the exception oddly being the British. Hitler’s empire never really got off the ground despite all his invasions, but if Germania had been built, it might have rivalled Kublai Khan’s Xanadu in size, but definitely not in taste or beauty. Compared to the ancients, we moderns are pygmies. With all our technology we actually manage to build badly and tastelessly, and the buildings can easily be destroyed.
The truth never changes, the few prey on the many. There will always be some type of aristocracy, some kind of Emperor, or King or “Chairman” or “First Secretary” or “Leader” or goodness knows what. The costume and the title will change, but the man or woman who is the leader will invariably be a dictator and what matters to these people is power and control. Some peoples like the Russians want a strong leader, some peoples like the English and Americans want be able to control their leaders but also control world’s resources, and Communism seems to want a hypnotized population that is there for the advancement of industry and technology. Whether the present leader of China envisages Marx’s idyllic paradise of the worker I very much doubt. What these tyrants and tyrant states want, whether they know it or not, is to be like God.
However, there is another Empire that I have not touched upon and that is the Islamic Empire, temporarily wounded and made tame by Europe in the 19th century, but then it re-emerged when the oil gushed out of the Arabian desert, Iraq and the Persian Gulf. The West has never quite come to terms with the Islamic tiger that will, in time, devour the decadent West. Whether this will happen before dark lords of the Global Empire will have taken over the world is hard to know. What we do know is that Christ is Lord of Creation, even if Satan is the Prince of this World. Satan still tempts the great and the good, and the downright evil, with the three temptations that he hurled at Christ.
Now these three temptations tell you very much where the rich and the powerful are situated. The first temptation is about producing food on command, either by diabolic miracles or scientifically. Our Lord, may have had genetically modified food in mind among other things, when he was answering Satan;
“Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” (Matthew: 4; v. 4)
If man did live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God, then there would be no starvation, no , because we would be living the Gospel. As the majority of the West are most definitely not living by the words and commands of Jesus then there will never be enough to eat for the majority of people, and too much food for the few, who will invent news of feeding the masses that will be dull, unnatural, and unappetising.
The second temptation seems on one level about rashness. It is almost as if Satan is asking Our Lord to become Icarus. It is about what Man can do through science and the manipulation of nature. It is once again Eve’s curiosity about how to become like God, to have his knowledge, to have his creativity. Of course, what you end up with is the two-edged sword of Nuclear energy and other forms of energy, and the utter manipulation of nature. The tragic fact is that most of us do not know of the weapons that use other forms of energy. This dark world is indeed the realm of Satan, and very possibly the most wild speculations of some conspiracy theorists may be very near the mark.
The third temptation is the silliest that Satan could tempt Our Lord with, namely to offer him to kingdom of the world. Satan was tempting Christ with what was Christ’s anyway. Christ is both the Creator and the King of the world, whereas Satan is only the prince of this world. Satan failed to understand because this, because he only had a vague idea of who he was dealing with. The triumph of Christ had not yet happened. Christ takes back the world, by redeeming man. He does this by dying on the Cross. Though the Persians would crucify nobles and kings, the Romans crucified slaves and criminals. Christ according to the Persians is being accorded a king’s execution, yet according to the Romans, that of a slave and convict.
Let us remember that Christ’s Kingdom is not of this world, and that to be citizens of this Heavenly Kingdom we must die on the Cross either through martyrdom, or the daily martyrdom of Christian witness. For Satan and his followers what matters is food and drink in abundance, as well as drugs, and all the fleshly comforts that can be had, and in our own day this is all produced by an extraordinary scientific technology.
The greatest ambition of some men or women is to become rulers of the World or of their workplace. However ambitious Christian are somewhat of a contradiction because it displays a complete misunderstanding of Christ. They have failed to realize one thing about Christ. He was not well educated, he has left no writings of his own, he was hated by the ruling elite and by the religious leaders. He taught people that the greatest virtues were charity and humility, and that the least are the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.
It is this that must resonate in Christians’ ears, and pound on the chambers of their hearts, especially all those who are frightened, and understandably so, by the possibility that the globalists will take over the world and we will be enslaved. Surely though, was that not the case of so many of the early Christians? For they were of no importance, they were slaves, they were merchants, never a class particularly loved by anyone, and in general they were poor. At times they suffered terrible persecutions and appalling deaths. This vocation to be a martyr or confessor for the Faith runs like a golden river through the dark pages of human history since the Redemption. When one reads the words of the martyrs since the time of the earliest Christian martyrs to the martyrs of today, they change very little, and why should we be surprised by that for it is the Holy Spirit who inspires them with these words of fire, that shatters the complacence of their judges. It is far worse when the persecutors belong to the same Church as the persecuted, as in the case of St. Joan of Arc, and Girolamo Savonarola.
The question that we must all ask ourselves is, are ready to die for Jesus? If we are not we should cease calling ourselves Christian, because we are not Christians. We are faced with the possibility of being enslaved in a so called Globalist world. We have to think how we will manage under torture. We will have to consider that family members may betray us for being Christian. Our hearts and our bodies may well be broken under torture, but our spirits if they are totally given, whatever the cost, to Christ our Lord, then nothing else matters, even if they forcibly put chips in us which many think will be encoded with the number of the Apocalypse. We will be no more guilty than the woman, or for that matter, the man who has been raped.
I will finish with the words of St. Paul, and a final reflection
Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. We put no obstacle in any one’s way, so that no fault may be found in our ministry, but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, tumults, labours, watching, hunger; by purity, knowledge, forbearance, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love, truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and the left; in honour and dishonour, in ill repute and good repute. We are treated as impostors, and yet true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold we live; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.
Our mouth is open to you, Corinthians; our heart is wide. You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted in your own affections. In return---I speak as to children---widen your hearts also. ( 2 Corinthians: 6; vv. 2-13)
If one is overwhelmed with the evil that pervades so much of society, like some immense tidal wave bearing down upon us ready to crush us and drown us, we should pause, and reflect. Has not Christ taken on all the evil that has ever been done since the Fall, has he not faced it and conquered it? Have we forgotten his colossal and infinite love for us? If we have not forgotten this, then why should we be afraid?
Let us remember that terrible tyrant Timur, the last of the Mongol warriors. His stamped of brutal invasions that reached Turkey and Baghdad is said to have killed 17 million people, which at that time, the 14th century, was a 5th of the world’s population. But now, Timur is dead and forgotten by the majority of the world’s population.
“I have seen a wicked man overbearing,
and towering like a cedar of Lebanon.
I passed by, and lo, he was no more;
though I sought him, he could not be found.” Psalm 37: 36,36