LIKE many an American kid, I was entranced by cinema early in life. And yes, entranced is completely the appropriate word. For as long as I can remember, going to the movie theater to see the latest blockbuster or critically acclaimed drama has been kind of the de facto public event for me.
And it seems to be the same for many millions across the Earth.
I say that Marvel and DC are just two denominations in a larger belief system. Release dates are treated as holy days; special meals or snacks are sometimes eaten, and many don various costumes. If you’ve actually read any of the comic books then you are a kind of prophet; you can enlighten your friends and family who only attend special holiday gatherings such as The Avengers or Justice League once or twice a year.
But this isn’t about comic-book movies, per se. I only use the example to bring understanding to how movies have been and continue to be used to affect the world at large. And it’s getting worse every day. Fiction is blending with reality. Fans half-jokingly asked NASA to help rescue Robert Downey Jr’s character Tony Stark from drifting listlessly in space after a trailer for End Game dropped. And NASA played along. I hope you can see more than just the iron man irony there. I really hope.
Movies can tug on our heartstrings and play us for emotional fools, but they can and often do portray truth. Sometimes it is heavily disguised and other times inverted to appear as falsehood. Frequently, it is twisted, so that we are actually rooting for the opposite cause and made to think that it is good. It’s all a part of the ritual. It is presented, we participate, and either with resounding applause or indifferent silence, we accept and assent.
In late 2016 I came back to the States on business. We were living in Mexico at the time, and I really hadn’t gone to a theater in a while. I found myself with some time to kill one day, so I went to a local cinema and saw that Arrival was playing. I hadn’t heard or seen too much on the movie, but I did know that it was some sort of alien movie starring Amy Adams and Hawkeye from the Marvel movies.
I’m a sucker for sci-fi so I decided to go see what kind of extra-terrestrial lies this one had in store for me. I wasn’t prepared for the beauty of the film nor was I prepared for the visceral reaction I would have to it. Something unlocked inside my head after seeing it. I really felt like the Father was trying to tell me something.
This slow paced, not-really-an-alien-movie-alien-movie helped me to more fully understand the import of Messiah’s prophecies and how the Most High communicates through His prophets.
I know. I know. But track with me for a minute. Hold your incredulity for just a moment. Oh and spoilers ahead if you care about that sort of thing.
At the beginning of the movie we see Amy Adams’ character Louise in mourning because her daughter, Hannah, has died at the age of 12 from some sort of disease. We’re not given much else to go on. Just a glimpse. Like a flashback. She seems to be living a sort of half-life in a depressed state due to the fallout of losing her child.
The next thing we learn is that twelve coffee-bean-esque alien spacecraft have appeared over various places on Earth. They do not move, and there’s no attack craft or movement of any kind. In the U.S. one of the craft has appeared in flyover country Montana.
In each country their respective militaries are dispatched with the goal of communicating with the visitors to determine their motives. Scientists and experts in various fields are called up to assist with the task. Louise is a world-renowned linguist and Hawkeye is a physicist.
Prior to our two protagonists coming on board, the military has discovered that at set times, an opening in the bottom of each craft opens up and humans can board the vessels. Inside are huge squid-like creatures with seven appendages. They reside behind a clear wall in a smoky or mist filled environment and communicate by spraying an inky substance into the air.
The “words” or “sentences” appear in a circular fashion with various jags and jots protruding at various angles. Louise discovers that the symbols are like palindromes and can be read forward and backward.
The nations assemble a network and begin to share what each one is learning from their daily interactions with their respective heptapods. Louise continues to have flashbacks of her daughter at various stages of her life. We learn that they are estranged from her father.
As Louise and the other teams learn to decipher the language and create a shared vocabulary, they start to more efficiently communicate with the aliens. When finally asked, “Why have you come?” each of the twelve responds with a statement that Louise interprets as “offer weapon.” This creates alarm within the military ranks. China interprets the same message as “use weapon” and starts to begin preemptive plans to attack and then breaks off communications with the other nations.
As Louise studies the message further she realizes that the symbol that they took to mean “weapon” can also be taken to be a “means” or a “tool”, something much more benign. The Chinese have been communicating via the game of mahjong which is, like chess, more war-like in that there is a winner and a loser and the goal is to defeat and conquer the other player. Louise surmises that they’re going about this all wrong and have jumped to a wrong conclusion.
With things escalating quickly, Louise and Hawkeye go back up into the craft to inquire of the heptapods further. Unbeknownst to them, some rogue soldiers are planning on using this meeting as a ruse to plant bombs on board and blow up the ship. This time the creatures give Louise a rapid fire glut of circular symbols all piling on top of each other. Before the bomb explodes one of the heptapods uses some sort of force to eject the scientists safely from the craft.
In response, the military moves to an evacuation plan, thinking that the aliens will now surely retaliate, but the only thing that happens is that they pull up in elevation so that humans can no longer enter. Hawkeye discovers that the alien word for “time” is all over the communication they were given and it takes up exactly one twelfth of the space in their writing. This leads Louise to believe that the aliens are only communicating one piece of information among each of the 12 craft and their intention is that the human teams share and cooperate to get the full message.
At this point, China, under the leadership of a General Shang, gives an ultimatum to their local spaceship to leave China within 24 hours or they will begin their assault. One by one all of the other nations follow suit and begin to assume a war footing, and the international network goes offline as everyone begins to panic.
Louise steals back down to the ship and the aliens send down a special vessel for her to travel up in. She learns that one of the heptapods is now dying as a result of the bomb explosion. It explains that the reason they have come to help us is that in 3,000 years, they will need our help in return to avert a crisis for their species. They help her understand that their language itself is the “tool” and not a weapon. By us understanding their language, it changes our perception of time. They know of their demise already as a future event because they do not see time in a linear fashion. They can already perceive the future.
And because Louise has come to master it as well, we are presented with the grand twist in the movie. All of the flashbacks of her daughter are not such at all. They are premonitions of future events. She hasn’t even conceived Hannah yet.
Louise goes back to the military camp and explains to Hawkeye everything she has just learned—minus anything about her future daughter. She tells him of a theory in linguistics that says that a particular language shapes how our personal brain cognition works. So, for instance someone who is a native Chinese speaker inherently understands and sees the world differently than, say, an English speaker solely because of how the language is used.
We then see a scene where Louise is at a United Nations gala where global unity is being celebrated thanks to the aliens’ help. Shang comes over to Louise and thanks her for convincing him not to attack the spacecraft by calling his private number.
He tells her that the only thing that convinced him was that she said the words of his wife in Chinese as she died: “War doesn’t make winners, only widows.”
Armed with this future knowledge, Louise steals a phone as the military is evacuating and calls Shang on the number she now knows and says the words he told her.
As the movie closes China announces that it will reverse course and release their piece of the message. The other countries do likewise and the alien spacecraft dematerialize. Yay for world peace. Hawkeye tells Louise that he loves her. She knows that he will be Hannah’s father. She knows that Hannah will die, and she also knows that he will leave them both after she tells him that she knew these things all along. But she is still going to go through all of that simply because it’s worth it. Loving her daughter and having the time she has with her is worth it.
It’s a heart-wrenching ending. A masterpiece of a film if you ask me. But if you toss aside the alien narrative and the blatant rah-rah cheering for NWO globalism, I think we can also come to see things that we almost always overlook when it comes to prophecy.
Lost in all of our isms and popular pet theologies is the fact that YHWH, the Creator, also sees time in this non-linear fashion. Whereas we can only see time as a one-way street, the Most High gets to check both directions before crossing the road. As I walked back to my car from the theater, this thought struck me like a lightning bolt.
I, in my quest for the specifics, oftentimes miss the heart of what Yah is trying to communicate through the prophets. I, probably like most, hunger rabidly for the what, when, where and how, but typically kick the ‘why’ to the curb or give it little thought.
Further, in my own Pauline-soaked theological milieu, I often lose sight of the Messiah as not only a prophet but the Prophet. He is the promised one that would come like Moshe himself said.
In one of the very chapters in Deuteronomy that gives us the definition of a true prophet or a false one, read what both Moshe and YHWH have to say:
“Adonai your Elohim will raise up for you a prophet like me from your midst—from your brothers. To him you must listen. This is just what you asked of Adonai your Elohim in Horeb on the day of the assembly when saying, ‘I cannot continue to hear the voice of Adonai my Elohim or see this great fire any more, or I will die.’
“Adonai said to me, ‘They have done well in what they have spoken. I will raise up a prophet like you for them from among their brothers. I will put My words in his mouth, and he will speak to them all that I command him. Now whoever does not listen to My words that this prophet speaks in My Name, I Myself will call him to account…’”
Here, post-Arrival, I was faced with a conundrum. I know that Messiah is ultimately being prophesied here, but what good was that to the mixed multitude who had just come up out of Egypt? Having the hindsight that we have now we can easily point to this and say, “Ha. There’s the prophecy right there. That points to Yahusha,” but what was the why at that given point in history if those people were going to be dust long before this Messiah would come? Could Yehoshua son of Nun be in mind in the immediate context as well? He would ultimately be the one to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land, after all. Clearly Yehoshua, right down to his name, is a type of messiah.
I also began to examine the other prophets in light of how circular prophecy seems to be. Jeremiah, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Daniel—any of them could have been a potential messiah, based on what Moshe had proclaimed. They were from among the brothers and they were tested and found worthy via the prescribed tests. Again, via hindsight, reading what those prophets wrote and were shown, we now know that they do not fit all of the smaller pieces given to the others that create the tapestry of who Messiah is. But the thing is, the nation in the respective times of each of those prophets wouldn’t have necessarily known that. Either because the message hadn’t yet been relayed up to that point in time or because they had missed the prior messages given and ignored or misinterpreted them.
By the time Yahusha did come in the flesh, many of the scholars and priests of the time had started to piece it together. They knew that Messiah was set to come into the historical milieu in which they lived. And yet they chose to reject the Sent One.
I’m particularly drawn to what Kefa (Peter) had to say about this very thing:
“Now brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, just as your leaders did. But what YHWH foretold through the mouth of all His prophets—that His Messiah was to suffer—so He has fulfilled. Repent, therefore, and return—so your sins might be blotted out, so times of relief might come from the presence of Adonai and He might send Yahusha, the Messiah appointed for you. Heaven must receive Him, until the time of the restoration of all the things that YHWH spoke about long ago through the mouth of His holy prophets. Moshe said, ‘Adonai your Elohim will raise up for you a Prophet like me from among your brothers. Hear and obey him in all that he shall say to you. And it shall be that every soul that will not listen to that Prophet shall be completely cut off from the people.’ Indeed, all the prophets who have spoken from Samuel on have announced these days. You are the sons of the prophets and also of the covenant that YHWH cut with your fathers, saying to Abraham, ‘In your seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.’ YHWH raised up His servant and sent him first to you, to bless you all by turning each of you from your wicked ways.”
Did you miss it? I did for the longest time. The people acted in ignorance. It was foretold by ALL of the prophets but nobody listened. And now, at the time Peter was speaking, Heaven must receive the Messiah until the time of restoration. It must. The story continues on to completion. They had all announced those days. Hmm.
As I continued to think of how and why the Father speaks to us the way He does, now realizing that he is unbound by time and sees things from a different perspective, I realized something else of great import.
Yahusha was and is acutely aware of the Father’s plan and his role in it. He tells us as much over and over again. As he’s speaking to the people, along with the Pharisees and Sadducees, he says as much. He both testifies by what he does and by what he says, as well as invoking other witnesses like Yochanan (John) the Baptizer to solidify that he is who he says he is. And he also invokes Moshe as a witness against them.
“If I testify about myself, my witness is not valid. There is another who testifies about me, and I know that the testimony he gives is true. You have sent to Yochanan, and he has testified to the truth. I do not receive the testimony of man, but I say these things so that you may be saved. He was the lamp that was burning and shining, and you wanted to rejoice for a while in his light.
But the testimony I have is greater than that from Yochanan. The works the Father has given me to finish—the very works I am doing—testify about me, that the Father has sent me. And the Father who sent me has testified concerning me. You have never heard His voice nor seen His form. Nor do you have His word living in you, because you do not trust the one He sent. You search the scriptures because you suppose that in them you have eternal life. It is these that testify about me. Yet you are unwilling to come to me so that you may have life!
I do not accept glory from men. But I know you, that you do not have the love of YHWH in yourselves. I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not receive me. But if another comes in his own name, you will receive him. How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and you do not seek the glory that comes from Elohim alone?
Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father. The one who accuses you is Moshe, in whom you have put your hope. For if you were believing Moshe, you would believe me—because he wrote about me. But since you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?”
And since Messiah brought Yochanan the Baptizer up, let’s stop and talk about him for a moment, both in light of prophecy and prophets. Himself notwithstanding, Yahusha says that among those born of women, there is no greater prophet than Yochanan. This is the same Yochanan mind you, that while he was in prison, had to send one of his disciples to confirm that Yahusha was who he said he was. And this was after he baptized him… Was the voice from Heaven not enough?
I say this not to cast aspersions on Yochanan, but to make a point about how we get so caught up in the minutiae of prophecies that we fail to see that perhaps some fulfillments we won’t recognize until Messiah himself smacks us in the face with it.
The scriptures are clear that before Messiah, Eliyahu (Elijah) must come first to prepare the way. Seems pretty straightforward. Many of the people in that day knew this, and so, just like us reading the newspaper trying to figure out what’s next on the docket of seals or bowls or trumpets, they were waiting for Eliyahu to come back and herald the Messiah for them. I mean, it doesn’t get more basic than this. Eliyahu will come and tell us who Messiah is and then we’ll follow him. Period. Done.
And yet because they refused to actually listen to what the Father was saying and chose instead to trust in themselves to just look for the obvious, they completely missed it. And if I were a bettin’ man, I would wager a whole lot and say that almost none of us would have recognized Yochanan as a prophet or as the fulfillment of the “coming of Eliyahu” unless Messiah himself had not told us explicitly. Nobody.
Go back and read the prophecy and take away your knowledge that Yochanan is the fulfillment and ask yourself honestly if, after reading what Yochanan was doing, you would just go, “Yep, nailed that one. He’s totally Eliyahu.”
We get in Isaiah, “A voice cries out in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way of Adonai, make straight in the desert a highway for our Elohim.’” And Messiah quotes Malachi when he says, “Behold, I am sending my messenger, and he will clear the way before me.”
“Now as they were leaving, Yahusha began to talk to the crowd concerning Yochanan. ‘What did you go out to the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? No? So what did you go out to see? A man dressed in finery? Look, those who wear finery are in the palaces of kings! Then what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, even more than a prophet…’”
“Amein, I tell you, among those born of women, none has arisen greater than Yochanan the Baptizer. Yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. From the days of Yochanan the Baptizer until now, the kingdom of heaven is treated with violence, and the violent grasp hold of it. For all the prophets and the Torah prophesied until the time of Yochanan. And if you are willing to accept it, he is Eliyahu who is to come. He who has ears, let him hear!”
I searched and could find only the prophecies about Yochanan. I could find nothing about him predicting anything. And yet our Messiah tells us he is a prophet, and more than one. Could it be that by prophet he means more than just foretelling? A prophet can also forthtell. But nowhere do I see “the spirit and power of Eliyahu” as manifested in anything that I would obviously call such. I mean Eliyahu shut up the heavens so it didn’t rain and he called fire down from the same and burned up the prophets of Baal. Now that is what I would call power. Not some dude dressed in camel hair, eating locusts, and dunking people in a river!
I did not intend this to be a true follow up to my article about The Revelation, and there’s a reason I titled this one, no time for nuance in the CHAZ, but there were quite a few questions and some were intimating that it’s a cop-out to not pin the tail on the pig and/or that all my position does is symbolize everything away.
And this gets truly to the heart of the matter. Remember that the whole point is that YHWH looks down the corridors of time in both directions. He is completely unlike us and above us. So when He speaks to His prophets and shows them visions, we do Him a great disrespect to think that by default He has to be bound by any linearity or that He doesn’t know what He’s saying and why.
This brings me to Matthew 24. Oh Matthew 24, the Olivet Discourse. So much ado and the mincing of words. It does no good, I suppose, to not try to pin-point every single image and symbol in The Revelation when the Olivet Discourse is really the rudder that steers most peoples’ direction prior to reading it.
At the risk of blowing up the word count even more than I already have, I’ll not quote the entire thing but instead point out some things that are all too easily overlooked.
And remember to keep the tenor of the language is the tool in mind and that it is not bound by time and most likely needs to be pieced together to be truly understood.
First off the disciples ask Yahusha, “When will these things happen? What will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” Well, what are “these things” that they were asking about? The destruction of the Temple. What does “your coming” mean? Does it have to mean capital letter second coming? Does the context even warrant that? Could they already understand that any time previously that a prophet foretold Jerusalem’s doom that it meant that Elohim was judging it and now they understood that Messiah would be a part of that destruction?
What is the “end of the age”? Do we take “end of the world” and stuff it into age? Maybe they just rightly understood that day 4 of history was waning now that Messiah had come and days 5 and 6 would bring the darkness before day 7 dawns and a Sabbath rest for the world begins…maybe.
Yahusha then segues into telling them not to be led astray. Hmm. Imagine that. A prophet telling the people not to be led astray. He then says that they will hear about wars but that they shouldn’t be alarmed because “it is not yet the end.” Is he speaking about the end of the age here again or the end end? Based on the context, it sure seems like he’s just talking about the end of their current socio-political age. He says these things are only the beginning of birth pains.
Next up, he talks explicitly about how many false prophets would come and lead many astray. Lawlessness and bad things are gonna happen. But guess what? Those who endure “to the end” will be saved. Is this any different than what YHWH spoke through the prophet Ezekiel in chapter 18?
Then Yahusha says some stuff that tends to trip people up. He talks about the “abomination that causes desolation” and talks about how the days of great trouble are coming such as have not happened before or will after. Just a question. Do you think our Messiah knows what hyperbole is? And not only that, perhaps what he’s really trying to do is get their attention to go read about what Daniel said about that abomination and the context around it.
Did you know that when Antiochus IV Epiphanes sacked and Hellenized Jerusalem that he set up an abomination in the Temple? Did you know he sacrificed pigs there and commanded the people and priests to eat of it and renounce their Elohim and His Torah? Could that have any bearing on what Greece and now Rome had been doing for years and years in Judea and what would ultimately repeat itself in a fashion when Titus came in 70AD? Read Josephus and believe what you will. He makes it apparent that the warring factions of Jews abominated the Temple long before Titus and his gentile army ever got there.
Also read the books of the Maccabees if you want to understand the utter terror that Antiochus forced on the people. And how the Maccabees bought the priesthood. Mmhmm. They bargained with the power brokers for power themselves. But that’s probably a story for a different time…
Further, all of this great distress and tribulation is also pointing back to past things. Both Yirmiyahu (Jeremiah) and Yoel (Joel) are hearkened back to by Messiah. Yirmiyahu was writing before and during the Babylonian captivity and exile. The explicit verse mentioned by Messiah prophesies that the people who were scattered will return after days of calamity like no other. Later, their king from the line of David will come and lead them in peace after he vanquishes their foes. Well that happened. In a sense. After they were scattered and driven out they were brought back to the land. And Yahusha has come and proved his claim to the throne.
Point being, do Messiah’s words negate what Jeremiah and Joel were saying to their respective generations? Does the context of their words not matter? Can Messiah simultaneously use them to describe events that will “soon take place” and yet in the grand scheme of the redemption plan of YHWH still be describing events that are yet future from then and from now? Does the Most High reside in a box?
Yahusha goes on to warn his hearers that false Messiahs and false prophets would arise. Kind of repeating himself, so it must be important.
Did you know that in the Messianic fervor of the first century that many Jews claimed to be the anointed one? It’s well documented and it caused a lot of the revolts and rebellions against Rome. Some of them even happened in what would be considered Yahusha’s generation. Josephus mentions one Theudas who led a revolt against Rome and claimed to be messiah somewhere around 44-46AD. Another by the name of Simon of Peraea, who was a former slave of Herod also claimed the title and led an insurrection. A third was named Athronges. The list goes on through the centuries. Read about Simon bar Kokhba and his rebellion. You might find it enlightening.
He continues, “But immediately after the trouble of those days…” and then tells us that the sun and stars will not shine and fall to the earth and the heavens will be shaken. Well guess what guys, apparently all that has happened previously as well. Messiah is referencing Isaiah again, and here the prophet is talking about the impending doom and invasion from the invading Babylonians in his day. We’re told that all hands went limp. Every man’s heart melted. Stars didn’t give their light, and the sun and moon were darkened. Did all that happen then? I dunno, I wasn’t there so I can’t tell you. Did something similar also happen in Jerusalem in 70AD? Josephus and others say that some pretty crazy stuff happened up in the sky above the city during that time and some supernatural stuff happened within the Temple.
Might, at the end of all things, the heavenly bodies come crashing down and blink out? Wouldn’t surprise me one bit. Does that make Isaiah, Yahusha, or the Father confused or invalid? Can a thing happen and then happen again and still have an eye towards something similar but all-encompassing happening as the bookend of history?
Perhaps we shouldn’t only take Messiah’s message at face value and we should go to where he is actually leading us as a sheep follows its shepherd.
The naughty verses that are either twisted to somehow show that Yahusha didn’t say what he actually said or that everything will happen prior to the close of that generation are very interesting when one reads the prophets that are referenced. Daniyel says, “As for the rest of the beasts, their dominion had been taken away, yet their lives prolonged for a season and a time.” And, “Behold, one like a Son of Man, coming with the clouds of heaven.”
If the intent here is that Messiah is talking this whole time about the context of what will happen after his ascension and the judgement that will cause the Temple to be completely obliterated, then the disciples would have done well, just as we would now, to keep reading what Daniyel says.
“Dominion, glory and sovereignty were given to him that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will never pass away, and his kingdom is one that will not be destroyed.”
Yahusha is making a grand declaration. The Temple and Jerusalem being destroyed not only validate him as Messiah and Prophet, but it will ultimately usher in the end of the former things and signal the beginning of the Kingdom of Heaven.
Next you will say, “But what about the shofar blast and all that talk about gathering his chosen from the four winds?” I hope by now I’m sounding like a broken record. Rather than argue about when or if some sort of rapture or resurrection event happened at that time, perhaps we should go read Isaiah 11 and 27 and see what sort of picture Messiah is painting with his words. After that, we should go to Zechariah 9 and read what the prophet had to say then and see how it relates to Yahusha’s day in the first century and likewise how it relates to our day and beyond.
The entire Olivet Discourse, as well as Master Yahusha’s Revelation, is dripping with references and imagery from past prophecies and visions. And since Yahusha is the “one greater than Moshe” that means that his prophecies are far from trivial. But we must also be careful to not make everything woodenly literal and made to walk on four legs.
Just like the alien’s language in the movie was the tool, so too are the Most High’s words to us. When you read the prophets, just like each nation being given a twelfth of the message in the movie, so we can also see that over the course of time and throughout generations YHWH has given glimpses and portions to His people.
The Most High said through Moshe, “I call the heavens and the earth to witness about you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Therefore choose life so that you and your descendants may live…”
What essentially do the prophets show us? The blessings that are to come, ultimately, for those who endure; those who are patient and stick to the commandments of YHWH. Conversely we are shown the curses that are brought about by the foolishness of disobeying what He says and going about our own ways or whoring after other gods. It’s actually pretty simple. Don’t miss the forest for the theological trees.
And funnily enough, although the film gives us its best shot of a one world order where all is happy and good, we know that anything that man tries to do to accomplish that task will only end in terror and tyranny. That task is for our Messiah alone. He goes to prepare a place for us. He’s coming back to put things right. All of the prophets will be vindicated.
The entire story of scripture is a palindrome. Just as “kayak” or “race car” or “taco cat” are the same forward or reverse, so too is what we read. Paradise was lost and it will be restored. YHWH will walk with His creation in the cool of the day at the end just as in the beginning. And Messiah stands at the climax of the story. Like Louise, our Father knew all of the pain and death that would result ahead of time due to sin and yet He is willing to endure because of His love for us. And unlike we fragile humans, He can restore that which was lost.
Maybe we’re missing it on Matthew 24, The Revelation, and other prophecies. Perhaps, rather than fighting and using His message as a weapon, we should be diligently trying to piece our parts of the message together with the pieces from the past and understand the breadth and depth of what He’s trying to show us throughout the ages. Warring about interpretations doesn’t make any winners.
Red rum, sir, is murder.