The Mystery Of Iniquity – Lauryn Hill

Written By Lauryn Hill – Sampled In All Falls Down by Kanye West (Ft. Syleena Johnson) Album MTV Unplugged 2.0 – Release Date May 7, 2002

 

The Mystery Of Iniquity

[Hook]
It’s the mystery of iniquity…
Said it’s the misery of Inequity…
Said it’s the history of Inequity…
When it all…
All falls down…
Telling you all…
It all falls down

[Pre-Verse]
Children…
Eat your bread
Little children…
Eat your bread
Cause it all…
All falls down…
Telling you all…
It all falls down

[Verse]
Yo! Y’all can’t handle the truth in a courtroom of lies
Perjures the jurors, witness despised
Crooked lawyers, false indictments publicized
It’s entertainment, the arraignments, the subpoenas
High profile gladiators in bloodthirsty arenas
Enter the Dragon, black-robe crooked-balance
Souls bought and sold and paroled for thirty talents
Court reporter catch the circus on the paper
File it in the system not acknowledged by the Maker
Swearing by the bible blatantly blasphemous
Publicly perpetrating that “In God We Trust”
Cross-examined by a master manipulator
The faster intimidator receiving the judge’s favor
Deceiving sabers doing injury to their neighbors
For status, gratis, apparatus and legal waivers
See the bailiff representing security
Holding the word of God soliciting perjury
The prosecution, political prostitution
The more money you pay, the further away solution
Legal actors, Babylon’s benefactors
Masquerading as the agency for the clients
Hypocritical giants, morally non-compliant
Orally armed to do bodily harm
Polluted, recruited and suited judicial charm
And the defense isn’t making any sense
Faking the confidence of escaping the consequence
That a defendant is depending on the system
Totally void of judgment purposely made to twist em’
Emotional victim blackmailed by the henchmen
Framed by intentions
Inventions whereby they lynch men
Enter the false witness slandering the accused
Planting the seed openly showing he’s being used
To discredit, edit, headed for the alleged
Smearing the individual fearing the unsuspected
Expert witness (the paid authority)
Made a priority to deceive the majority
Of disinterested peers, dodging duty for years
Hating the process, waiting to be returning to their careers
Do we expect the system made for the elect
To possibly judge correct? Properly serve and protect?
Materially corrupt, spiritually amuck
Oblivious to the cause, prosperously bankrupt
Blind leading the blind, guilty never defined
Filthy as swine, a generation purin it’s own mind
Legal extortion, blown out of proportion
In vein deceit, the truth is obsolete
Only two positions: victimizer or victim
Both end up in destruction trusting this crooked system
Mafia with diplomas keeping us in a coma
Trying to own a piece of the “American Corona”
The Revolving Door, insanity every floor
Skyscraping, paper chasing, what are we working for?
Empty traditions, reaching social positions
Teaching ambition to support the family superstition?
When the Son of Perdition is Commander in Chief
The standard is Thief; brethren, can we candidly speak?
Woe to the men, trusted in the chariots dem’
Leaning on horses, they run their intellectual sources
Counterfeit wisdom creating the illusion of freedom
Confusion consumes them
Every word they speak it turns them outwardly white
Internally they absent of light
Trapped in the night and bonded to the Cain of the night
Under the curse, evil men waxing more worse
Faxing the first, angelic being cast to the earth
It’s time for rebirth, burnin up the branch and the root
The empty pursuits of every tree bearing the wrong fruit
Turn and be healed, let him who stole, no longer steal
Oh it’s real, surrender for Jehovah is real
How long will you sleep, troubled by the thoughts that YOU keep
The idols YOU heap, causing the destruction you reap
Judgment has come, find it and return to the One
Abandon the flesh, self-interest: Broadway to death
Pride and the Greed, hide and subdividing the seed
The knowledge of Good and Evil is what caused us to lie
Caused us to die, let your emotions be crucified
Renounce all your thoughts
Repent and let your mind be re-taught
You’ll find what you sought
Was based on the deception you bought
A perception of naught where the majority remains caught
Loving a lie, not realizing in Adam, all die
Loving a lie, not realizing in Adam, all die
Loving a lie, not realizing in Adam, all die
Loving a lie, not realizing in Adam, all die

[Hook]
It’s the mystery of iniquity…
Said it’s the history of Inequity…
Said it’s the misery of Inequity…
When it all…
All falls down…
Telling you all…
It all falls down

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Thessalonians 2:7  (NKJV)

For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only  He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way.

The day is surely coming when God’s law will be established. The law will proceed from Zion to the ends of the earth. Perhaps out of pure frustration with lawlessness, many will beg to go up to Zion. “Many peoples will come and say, ‘Come and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us His ways, so that we may walk in His paths.’ The Law will go out from Zion, the word of the LORD from Jerusalem” (Isa. 2:3).

God’s kingdom will rule from Mt. Zion. His name is Jesus (Yeshua). He is known as the  living word, ”  and from this, we can conclude He is also the living Torah” or living law. It seems clear in scripture that He will have to deal in a rather forceful manner with many warlike and lawless nations still on the earth during this reign of peace (Mic. 4:3). He begins to reign, the world will begin to run by the  “manufacturer’s handbook,” as one writer put it, or by the Word of God. The world is groaning and in pain awaiting this day (Rom. 8:22).

God is calling His people to fear Him and to walk in His ways. This walk must be a walk of obedience to His word and to His precepts. Jesus came to the world to re-establish the rule of God and the rule of His law. The true children of God in this day should be crying out for God’s rule and law to be established. The prayer of God’s people as we approach this era of lawlessness should be the prayer we have been taught to pray in Matthew 6:10: “your kingdom come. your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

 

 

COVID-19 fueling worldwide wave of anti-Semitism, researchers find

  • A worker removes a swastika spray painted on a sign at the entrance to a closed road and car park near Whitley Bay lighthouse, in Northumberland, England, Thursday, April 30, 2020.  (Owen Humphreys/PA via AP)
A worker removes a swastika spray-painted on a sign at the entrance to a closed road and car park near Whitley Bay lighthouse, in Northumberland, England, Thursday, April 30, 2020. (Owen Humphreys/PA via AP)

A report published Tuesday by a Tel Aviv research group found that the coronavirus pandemic has become a vehicle for an intense and exceptional wave of anti-Semitism and anti-Zionist propaganda that accuses Jews and Israel of either causing the virus or standing to benefit from it.

The pandemic has “unleashed a unique worldwide wave of antisemitism,” researchers at the Kantor Center at Tel Aviv University said.

“The new wave of antisemitism includes a range of libels that have one common element: The Jews, the Zionists and/or the state of Israel are to blame for the pandemic and/or stand to gain from it,” they wrote.

The researchers also pointed to anti-Semitic sentiments by those who see the virus as divine punishment of Jews and to Holocaust imagery used by those protesting lockdown restrictions.

The study is the latest to point to an increase in anti-Semitism as the virus has overshadowed nearly all aspects of life across the globe, with Jews blamed for creating the virus or for refusing to heed social distancing and hygiene guidelines. A recent Oxford University study found that 19.1 percent of the public in Britain believes to some degree that Jews caused the coronavirus pandemic.

In April, the Kantor Center raised the alarm over a rise of anti-Semitism tied to the virus as it released a report on anti-Jewish incidents over 2019.

The report released Tuesday was based on anecdotal evidence of anti-Jewish sentiments expressed in public forums around the world.

Jews are not alone in feeling rising hate. Researchers have noted increases in xenophobia as countries close their borders along with conspiracy theories, some pushed by the US administration, that blame China for the spread of the virus.

But the authors of the study noted that the anti-Semitism on display was reiterative of existing anti-Jewish tropes throughout the centuries, reflective of “a high level of anxiety and fear in many populations.”

“This new type of antisemitism, which partly reiterates classic antisemitic themes, includes conspiracy theories alongside medieval blood libels, now renewed in a 21st century format,” the study reads.

“These common motifs perpetuate antisemitic accusations from previous generations and other global catastrophes, once again presenting the well-known image of the Jew,” wrote Prof. Dina Porat, head of the Kantor Center, in a statement.

A cartoon shows an Israeli soldier and American policeman supporting each other as they kneel on a Palestinian and a black man, choking them (Al-Hayat al-Jadida screenshot via Tel Aviv University)

The authors of the report said the evidence was based on examples of anti-Semitic material flagged by a network of researchers around the world, which was then collated and analyzed by the center.

According to the report, the material is spread mostly by right-wing extremists, ultra-conservative Christians and Islamists. A significant volume of the anti-Semitism comes from the US and Middle Eastern countries such as Iran and Turkey as well as the Palestinian Authority.

US white supremacists and ultra-conservative Christians blame Jews, and in particular the ultra-Orthodox community, for the virus as they are seen as disregarding lockdown and hygiene rules aimed at curbing the spread.

Screen capture from an item appearing on Hispan TV – the Iranian Spanish-language propaganda website, under the title: ‘Report: the new coronavirus is the result of a Zionist plot.’ (Tel Aviv University)

“When ultimately Jews are infected with the virus – it’s because they rejected the teachings of Jesus Christ and crucified him,” the researchers wrote.

In the Middle East, it is Israel, Zionism and the Mossad intelligence service that get the blame. A modern interpretation of the hoax “Protocols of the Elders of Zion” has Jews seen as spreading the virus to undermine economies and society and intending to make a profit while preparing a vaccine and drug treatment.

Israel and the IDF are also routinely accused of deliberately spreading the virus among Palestinians, especially prisoners held by Israel. The report noted that so far only one person has died of COVID-19 in the Palestinian Authority and the Gaza Strip.

Iranian and Turkish conspiracy theorists claim Zionists and the US released the virus with aim of killing thousands of Muslims. Another Muslim interpretation is that the disease is a punishment from God for non-believers.

In South America, anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist virus propaganda is spread on Spanish-speaking television channels, the report said.

A photo tweeted by a city councilman in the Hague, that references the yellow stars Jews were forced to wear during the Holocaust, to protest an application for monitoring coronavirus carriers. (Arnoud van Doorn/Twitter via JTA)

Another aspect of the virus-related anti-Semitism is in distorting terminology that associates it with the Holocaust.

“Restrictions enforced as part of anti-pandemic policies are compared to policies of the Nazi regime: Lockdown is likened to the ghettos and release from it to the German slogan Arbeit Macht Frei [work liberates] which appeared at the entrance to Auschwitz,” the researches wrote.

“The word ‘unvaccinated’ replaces ‘Jew’ on the yellow star worn by demonstrators protesting against vaccination policies, suggesting that those who have not been vaccinated are like Jews persecuted in Nazi Germany and that those who disagree with vaccination opponents see them as disease spreaders – like the Jews,” the report continued.

A protestor with a sign that has Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whittmer depicted as Adolf Hitler at an American Patriot Rally organized by Michigan United for Liberty protest for the reopening of businesses on the steps of the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing, Michigan, April 30, 2020. (Jeff Kowalsky/AFP)

The phenomenon of using the yellow star in anti-lockdown protest became so widespread its use was banned in Munich.

The phrase “Holocough,” combining Holocaust with cough, has been spread on social media, the report found.

The recent killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis while in police custody has also been incorporated into anti-Israel discourse, with activists claiming that US police forces are racist and brutal because they receive training from the Israel Police. African Americans are also depicted as having a shared fate with Palestinians.

“Universal disasters have been attributed to the Jews and to Israel before, giving rise to antisemitic discourse — such as conspiracy theories blaming Israel for 9/11, or false reports accusing Israeli soldiers of harvesting organs from the bodies of dead Palestinians,” wrote researcher Giovanni Quer. “The current wave of antisemitism is unprecedented, however, because, spreading very swiftly through the social media, it focused at first on the COVID-19 crisis and then quickly moved on because of social and political changes.

“Just a few days passed between the coronavirus crisis and the racism-related social crisis in the US, but antisemitic discourse remained just as fierce, with its proponents simply adapting their antisemitic narratives to the changing social contexts,” he wrote.

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Living in the Word

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Mat 4:4 But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ”

Spending time with the Master not only requires that we Pray in Faith but that we Live in the Word. You should notice right here that both Praying in Faith and Living in the Word make up our vertical relationship with God.

The strength of our vertical relationship determines how effective our horizontal relationships are.
Here are some suggestions on how to Live in the Word.

Read your Bible – Romans 4:3 For what saith the Scripture?
Pastors and full-time workers both need to read their Bibles just as much as the average church member. Reading your Bible is so important that if you don’t read it every day you cannot continue to claim the fullness of the Holy Spirit. Sound radical?

Let me explain. The Bible says that we should renew the inward man day by day. How do we renew the inward man? Be transformed by the RENEWING of your mind. Acts 17:11 says the Bereans searched the scripture DAILY. No one in their right mind can excuse the lack of DAILY BIBLE READING. 

Study your Bible – 2 Timothy 2: 15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Now the next step in your spiritual growth is studying your Bible. A study by book, a study by themes, a study by repetitive words, etc. Studying means you investigate the meaning of a passage with the purpose of applying it to your life. For the general student of the Word of God let me suggest that you find a study Bible that will help you. Here are several suggestions.

A. The Thompson Chain Reference Study Bible

B. The Scofield Reference Study Bible

C. John MacArthur’s Study Bible

D. The Life Application Study Bible

Meditate on your Bible – Joshua 1:8  This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you[a] shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

Perhaps the partner to reading and studying your Bible is to meditate on what you have discovered. Meditate means “repeat to yourselves.” In other words, “chew” on the teachings you have discovered. “Digest” what you have discovered. Do what you have discovered and make it part of your daily living… Living in the Word.

Listen to others teach the Bible – Act 18:11 And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.

1 Thessalonians 2:13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which you heard of us, you received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worked also in you that believe.

Now I cannot stop without telling you that self-study is not all that you need for the Bible to have a full impact on your life. Someone needs to guide you. The local church is the primary place to find Biblical instruction. The Sunday School, Home Bible Studies, a one-on-one study group are all ways to receive instruction.

Perhaps the most popular way is to attend teaching. The Bible says clearly that the early church “Daily in the Temple and from house to house we ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.”

Conclusion: Have you read your Bible Today? Get to it! His Word will change you.
You have His Word on it!

A harmful courtroom victory against “lockdown” abuse; “Hate Crimes”, “Black with a capital “B”, and who can rightfully be held liable for civil rights violations; and ‘Julian Assange in Limbo’

The June 22, 2020, Lost Horizons Newsletter Mid-Edition Update

…where real knowledge intersects with real Americans!

Hey, People!! Last chance to get your RSVPs in for the 13th (and perhaps last) Declaration Day Party, July 4, 2020!!

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And, HEY, II! Please don’t just read what I post here (or anywhere), and nod your head sagely or approvingly and then move on to other things. I don’t post in order to affirm your sense of things. I post in order to equip you with perspectives and arguments with which to educate others, and in the expectation that you will forward my posts to other people (or direct them to those posts). PLEASE do those things.

We won’t win by YOU knowing what I present. We will win by LOTS OF OTHERS knowing what I present.

Rearranging The Deck Chairs While The Titanic Sinks

A much worse than useless response to state government defiance of the law.

WHILE I WAS GETTING DRESSED SATURDAY MORNING, Doreen brought me coffee, along with the highlights of what she had seen on the morning news while puttering in the kitchen (as she always does, bless her heart). Her big story that morning was Michigan’s “Governess” Gretchen Whitmer (as Doreen likes to call her) seething over a decision by a federal judge the day before in LIFFTI v. Whitmer overruling the Governess’s threat of sanctions against gym owners if they dared to exercise their rights, open their doors, and attempt to survive.

It’s nice to see Gretchen Whitmer “seethe”. But the fact is, Whitmer’s not really angry at all, or, at least, hasn’t anything to really be angry about.

The ruling in the case is handsomely-written and well-reasoned within the context of the particular arguments made by the Plaintiffs. (This praise leaves aside an unfortunate reliance by the court on a very bent 1905 case– Jacobson v. Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 197 U.S. 11, 29 (1905). In that case, a poorly-briefed(?) Supreme Court upheld a community-wide coercive vaccination program, failing to recognize that those declining vaccination put only themselves at risk and such refusals could not, therefore, be said to present a “public health emergency” even if such an alleged emergency could properly be deemed a valid justification for otherwise violating anyone’s personal sovereignty.)

But the LIFFTI ruling enjoins prosecution of the Plaintiffs for reopening their businesses only on the grounds that Whitmer’s order keeping them closed is arbitrary, in light of the permitted re-opening of other businesses within Michigan. It even specifies that the Plaintiffs may only re-open incrementally and under protocols and other limitations specified by Whitmer in regard to other re-openings which she has already “permitted”.

In short, the ruling, while doubtless very welcomed by the Plaintiffs and doubtless very annoying to Whitmer, actually embraces (or in any event, leaves undisturbed) the fundamental proposition that Gretchen Whitmer can legally dictate the closing of gymnasiums and fitness centers (or anything and everything else), and punish those who defy her diktats. It is that fundamental– and fundamentally wrong– proposition that needed a slap-down by the court.

Instead, that fundamentally wrong and very dangerous proposition– which is, in fact, an existential threat to the American Experiment– is given cover by this misdirected suit and its misdirected ruling.

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A Few Bits Of Dryrot That Have Caught My Attention This Week

Call it a deskchair forensic analysis of an ongoing crime scene…

GEORGIA IS EMBRACING A DEGREE OF MADNESS, it would appear. For one thing the state is poised to enact a “hate crimes” law– a law meant to punish people for thoughts of which the state disapproves.

As noxious as some points of view may be none are more so than those embracing the notion that any American government can properly attempt to suppress points of view it finds unwelcome, whether by direct censorship or by turning its stink-eye on expressions of the disfavored views, which it will attempt to detect and sanction.

It would be better that everyone growl and spit at each other in the public square in perpetuity than that any minority be compelled to “get their minds right” and conform in their thinking to the majority view by relentless fear of punishment for exposing any hint of the disfavored view– in writing or any form of public speech– over a generation or three. “Hate crime” laws are a long-term “re-education camp” approach, and have no place in this country.

IF I WEREN’T THE WISELY-CYNICAL PERSON I have become after 65 years of watching spin-doctors and other propagandists’ work, I would be mystified as to why some MSM are now capitalizing “black” when referring to African-Americans (and yet are not doing the same when referring to “whites”…). It is as though the descriptor “black” has become, for these pathetic panderers to opportunistic racism-baiters, an honorific.

MUCH IN THE NEWS LAST WEEK was the June 15 ruling by the Supreme Court in the consolidated case reported as Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia. In that ruling it was held, among other things, that people afflicted with gender dysphoria, a psychological aberration in which a victim’s actual gender is rejected by the diseased mind, are protected from being fired because of the condition under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Many folks are all atwitter over that part of the decision in particular.

Aimee Stephens, the plaintiff in the case involving gender dysphoria, had been hired as a funeral director in a Michigan funeral home. Having fallen into the depths of his disease, Aimee began cross-dressing at work, in violation of a dress-code policy with which he had agreed to comply at time of hire, and was terminated for doing so.

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Other Voices

‘Julian Assange In Limbo’

A lion of virtue persecuted by a swarm of jackals, with our liberty at stake.

DON’T MISS THIS GREAT JOURNALISM by Patrick Cockburn, and my very important afterword drilling down and providing the solution!

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