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TO WHOM MUCH IS GIVEN: PART II — THE MEDIA HEGEMONY

THE MEDIA’S NEW POWER WILL BE USED AGAIN!

“But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.”[1]

“Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, ‘Yea, hath God said, “Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?”’”

“And he said, ‘This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you: He will take your sons, and appoint them for himself, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and some shall run before his chariots.  And he will appoint him captains over thousands, and captains over fifties; and will set them to ear his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and instruments of his chariots.  And he will take your daughters to be confectionaries, and to be cooks, and to be bakers.  And he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your oliveyards, even the best of them, and give them to his servants.  And he will take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards, and give to his officers, and to his servants.  And he will take your menservants, and your maidservants, and your goodliest young men, and your asses, and put them to his work.  He will take the tenth of your sheep: and ye shall be his servants.  And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the LORD will not hear you in that day.’”

“And Hazael said, ‘Why weepeth my lord?’ And he answered, ‘Because I know the evil that thou wilt do unto the children of Israel: their strong holds wilt thou set on fire, and their young men wilt thou slay with the sword, and wilt dash their children, and rip up their women with child.’”

“And he said unto them, ‘Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.  For Moses said, “Honour thy father and thy mother;” and, “Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death:”  But ye say, “If a man shall say to his father or mother, ‘It is Corban, that is to say, a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me;’ he shall be free.”  And ye suffer him no more to do ought for his father or his mother Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.’”

OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS, WE HAVE SEEN THE HEGEMONY OF THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA.  The fear of a virus has gripped the literal world, and the mainstream media of every major, world-power nation has taken that fear and ruled over the people of the world.  We have seen sporting, social, and popular events canceled.  We have seen nations, states, and cities lock-down their populations. We have seen the panic wielded by the media turn regular grocery stores and simple department stores into battle grounds and sources of endless lines and queues for those seeking basic essentials and hygienic needs.  We’ve seen how the media’s use of fear and panic has caused the economies and stock markets of the affluent and financially strong nations to crash and enter nearly absolute chaos. How did it come to this?  How did the media gain this kind of power and influence over the nations of the world.  Further, what will be the end result of this power that the media possesses?

WE HAVE REJECTED THE MOST HIGH, REPLACING OUR TRUE PROPHET WITH FALSE PROPHETS.  The simple truth of this matter, friends, is that we in the West, in the formerly Christian-influenced nations, have replaced GOD and his written WORD with false prophets.   How did we do this?  We simply made the television our purveyor of truth and knowledge, replacing the Bible and the Church[2]. We have, less and less, turned to the written Word of GOD or the house of the LORD.  Why is this?  The simple reason is because television, the media, movies — yea, every form of modern, 21st century media — all tell us what we want to hear.  We hear over and over that in whatever state we find ourselves, that we are okay, accepted, loved, and that there is open-mindedness and tolerance for whatever sinful and worldly lifestyle in which we choose to live. We are told that people are basically good; that it is society, bigotry, learning, and society that corrupts and makes people do bad and criminal actions.  If only people will simply see that, with education and understanding, people can shine as good, it would solve all of societies ills.

The Bible states, clearly, the exact opposite about people…

“But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.  For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:  These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.”

That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man.  For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:  All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.”

“As it is written, ‘There is none righteous, no, not one:  There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.  They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.’  Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:  Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:  Their feet are swift to shed blood:  Destruction and misery are in their ways:  And the way of peace have they not known:  There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

“Hear my prayer, O LORD, give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness.  And enter not into judgment with thy servant: for in thy sight shall no man living be justified.”

“The fool hath said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good.  God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God.  Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.  Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread: they have not called upon God.”

“The fool hath said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.  The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.  They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.  Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon the LORD.  There were they in great fear: for God is in the generation of the righteous.”

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God…”

Friends, the Bible states clearly, presciently, and precisely that people are sinners.  There is nothing good about people, no matter how much the world and its hegemonic media try to tell us differently.  It is this Biblical view of people, and GOD’s righteous standard, that cause people to reject the Truth of the Bible, and accept the false prophets known as the mainstream media.  We don’t like hearing that we are inherently evil, are full of wickedness, and are basically bad.  Because of this, we have switched away from listening to the written and spoken Word of GOD and, instead, taken up with media outlets that proclaim people to be basically good.  The problem is, with this switch, we have given the media much in the way of power over our lives.

POWER WITHOUT GOD WILL ALWAYS BE USED FOR EVIL!  We have seen this truth throughout history.  From Ancient Roman Caesars (such as Nero and Diocletian) to Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin, leaders who are given power, yet live apart from GOD always wind up committing horrific atrocities.  The power given and wielded ends up doing horribly wicked deeds and terribly evil atrocities.  Such can be said of the modern American Mainstream Media.  How many headlines just from the last presidential election cycle were misleading to outright lies…?

“With Trump certain to lose, you can forget about a progressive Clinton”

Hillary Clinton has an 85% chance to win

“Ted Cruz: Trump can’t beat Hillary Clinton

Donald Trump is poised to lose in the biggest landslide in modern American history”

“Trump Has to Choose: Lose Like Dukakis, or Like Goldwater

“Another Poll Suggests Trump Will Lose To Clinton In A General Election”

“Why Donald Trump Will Lose To Hillary Clinton

And yet, when the final tally was in, Donald Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States of America.  This is despite the American Mainstream Media and Hollywood doing everything possible to elect Hillary Clinton.  We are seeing the media present half-truths, not-all-of-the-facts, and flat-out propaganda designed to cause fear, panic, pandemonium, and hysteria with regards to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 situation.  Here are just a few statistics about the COVID-19 Virus and pandemic…

0.00846013% of the world population infected (657691 infected / 7774007972 total population)…

0.00039154% of the world population dead from COVID-19 (30438 deaths  / 7774008620 total population)

0.03524193% of the US Population has been infected  (116505 infected/ 330586286 US population)

0.00060241% of the US population has died from the Coronavirus (1991 deaths / 330506290 total US population)[Source][Source]

And yet, the World Health Organization has declared the COVID-19 virus a pandemic, and every affected nation has some sort of social distancing and lock-down procedures in place to try and stop the spread.  Why?  Simply put, it is the media stirring the flames of fear.

THIS POWER WILL BE USED AGAIN!  Friends, we have been warned:  the power that the media has over people; the influence that media outlets have over the population of the world will be used again, once the furor over the Coronavirus has died down.  We have seen, time and time again, dictator after dictator rise in power — usually given to them by their populations at large — only for them to abuse and misuse that power to their own ends.  Adolf Hitler promised the German People recovery form their economic woes and vengeance against their World War One enemies; what Europe gained in the aftermath was tens of millions dead, tens of millions more homeless, national economies destroyed, and twelve million untermenschen murdered in his death camps.  Josef Stalin and Ivan Lenin promised the proletariat of Russia freedom from the excesses of nobility and the Czar, only to see nearly a hundred million Russians dead either through collectivization, political purges, internal strife, and external wars.  Mao Zedong promised the people of China freedom from corruption and imperialism, but the result was tens of millions more killed in political strife, man-made famines and pestilences, and internal upheaval.  The same is said of every nation that has replaced one form of leadership with a dictatorship.  So, too, it is with the dictatorship and hegemony of the media.  Look at this amazing passage…

“These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever.  For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.  While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.”

Friends, this description, as well as the majority of 2nd Peter 2, is easily applied to the media, especially the American Mainstream Media.  We need to understand that once power such as this is given to anyone, it will be used and utilized again.  GOD, speaking through the pen of the Apostle John, says the following…

“And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.  And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.  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.  And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, ‘Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?’  And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.  And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.  And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.  And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.  If any man have an ear, let him hear.”

Friends, we have already seen much of what is written here in the Book of Revelation take place.  We have seen the mainstream American media blaspheme GOD.  We have seen news and media corporations worship the devil, worship the beast, and worship false prophets (yea, many of these organizations are willing participants, accessories to those false prophets).  We have seen media outlets speak great things and blasphemies against the Most high GOD.  We have seen celebrity after celebrity after Hollywood celebrity give his or her allegiance — both on screen or on stage — to the devil, the dragon.  What we see today is easily applicable to what will come.

THE BOTTOM LINE:  WE WERE WARNED THIS WOULD HAPPEN!  Friends, as we have seen in the Scripture Keys at the top of this treatise, we have been warned that days like today; that the power of the media would come upon us.  Again, much like the Israelites of Ancient Times, when they craved a king for themselves, we, too, have craved a media that would inform us, teach us, instruct us and, yes, lead us…and look at where it’s gotten us.  Just like Ancient Israel’s rejection of GOD carried her and her people towards the day of destruction and deportation, so, too, our rejection of GOD and coronation of the media as king will see us fall apart into destruction.  The Coronavirus Scare may not be the end of the USA as we know her, but the power to cause hysteria, fear, pandemonium, and the coercion of governments to basically lock people into their homes and lock people out of social events, is a tool that the media will use again in the future.  We were warned such would happen time and again in the Bible…

For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.”

For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.”

“But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.”

“Then said the prophet Jeremiah unto Hananiah the prophet, ‘Hear now, Hananiah; The LORD hath not sent thee; but thou makest this people to trust in a lie.’”

“And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.”“Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.”

“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.  Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:  And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.”

“For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.”

Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”

Keep thee far from a false matter; and the innocent and righteous slay thou not: for I will not justify the wicked.”

CONCLUSION:  BE SET FREE!  Friends, the media doesn’t have to have its hegemony over you, causing you to fear.  The power of he media can be stopped at your doorstep.  Look at these incredible words…

“As he spake these words, many believed on him.  Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, ‘If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.’  They answered him, ‘We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, “Ye shall be made free?”  Jesus answered them, ‘Verily, verily, I say unto you, “Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.  And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever.”  If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.’”

Christ Jesus can set you free, if you will but trust him!  Once we trust in him for salvation and redemption, and come to him in repentance, we become new creatures.  Once we do this, look at what happens…

“The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.”

“Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all things.”

Whoso walketh uprightly shall be saved: but he that is perverse in his ways shall fall at once.”

Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus…”

“But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.  For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Friends, this can be you.  Will you be set free?

PRAYER — Heavenly Father, we have given much power to the media.  Will you help us, now, O LORD, to turn, and give that power and influence in our lives back to you?  Will you help us, O Father, to be guided by Your Holy Ghost, and to live the way you would have us live?  We pray and ask for these things in the Might Name Above all names, Jesus Christ, Amen!

THE LAST WORD — “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.  Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.”  (Luke x. 19–20)

NOTES  1. All Scripture is taken from THE AUTHORIZED KING JAMES VERSION OF THE ENGLISH BIBLE.  London, England, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK).  Initial Publication, 1611

2. Author’s Note:  More and more in this 21st Century day and age, we are now making the Internet and Google the places where we seek and try to find truth and knowledge.  Even still, television has a very significant place in American society.

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Eugene Quintus Whipplewart

Written by Eugene Quintus Whipplewart

Simply One Transient Beggar just passin' through on His Way Home, trying to let other Beggars and Transients know where to find the Living Bread and Water of Life...

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