“Peace! Peace! They Say, Where There Is No Peace” |Dr. Strange, Marvel Comics & the Religion of Haight-Ashbury in Defiance of the Second Coming of Christ (Reflections in Flat Earth from Montreal)

by | Aug 7, 2017

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EVIDENCE OF A HIGH-RANKING CONSPIRACY against our Lord’s return is conspicuous to the Christian who carefully examines the Apostle John, particularly when he writes: “And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army (Revelation 19:19).” The one event which ultimately promises to unite the entire world into a singular rank of battle, the United States alongside the Russian Federation, backed by their assortments of allied and axis friends in the UN, is not an invasion of fictional Hollywood aliens, but the imposing crowning ceremony of our LORD, Yeshua Hamashiach.

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As we near this certain event it will be required of us—we who long to stand behind the ranks of He who sits upon the horse and His angels—that we endure surmounting hostility. Our very path shall be a gauntlet of malicious tidings, with malnourished eyes always pressed upon us. The conscious of sinful man will surely demand social insubordination against such cause, perhaps even passing into law hopes of craftily defying it, particularly the mere recognition of any promised appearance of the risen Son of Man. And the church, which has lost the culture war against western civilization and now flails its wings like a flightless chicken in dire hopes of garnishing favor with the very world which rejects its tenets, will predictably shake its head at those of us who fervently seek His face among the clouds. “A loving god would not—No, he could not, interfere in the pluralistic affairs of our good natured world.” With these words our counterfeit church will castrate us. “Our prosperity must endure without His mingling!” Simply put, we will be an embarrassment to the Days of Noah apostates in power.

In the face of apostasy the church has done little to nothing to stop the humanist parade, a centuries-old line-up of festivities which has obstinately exchanged its address from a FLAT to globular earth, except to join in with the trends rather than to arrest them.  The church in essence, by contextualizing its message of discipleship and daily living, has become the culture it once attempted to convict. Ironically, the apostates have converted us. The church’s abandonment first of the Bible’s cosmogony, followed by its interwoven structure, has cheapened our faith—even retarded it so that a typical mainstream worship service, with its colorful displays of lights and irreverent bray of guitars, deviates only slightly from the Haight-Ashbury religion it willingly derives from. A Christian is only able to live out the worldview he has been taught, and for the most part we have become what Yeshua once warned against, saltiness without flavor.

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No wonder youth pastors induct their teenage youth into the cult of Hollywood, allowing for frequented “church outings” to the public arena of entertainment in hopes that the message of Jesus can be found in the illusion of a large-screened digital projection rather than in the understanding of their own spiritual heritage. As part of Disney’s masterfully maneuvered stronghold over the ticketholder, its cinematic universe of Marvel has fused together a cosmogony as tightly wound as its comic counterparts. Among the superheroes of Marvel Comics, evolution abounds. Furthermore, the transhumanist implementation of mortal man accelerates a better understanding of one’s self. In short, the Marvel universe is not Christian, nor will Yeshua be found in its age-old deception. He is not Iron Man, neither the patriotic Captain America, nor the pagan-god Thor.

Contrarily, Marvel’s current and ongoing cinematic storyline, which details the coming threat of an evil sentient being, namely the character Thanos, and who is bent on enslaving humanity to his rule upon arrival, is difficult to be seen as an allegory for Satan. The Prince of the power of the air already rules the Earth. But Yeshua, who is not a celebrated figure in Hollywood, is soon returning. This we can be certain of. Perhaps the imposing threat of an intergalactic menace throughout the greater interwoven narrative of Hollywood hits closer to the doorstep of Revelation 19:19—the kings who assemble for battle against the King of Kings—than the Christian, in his warped pagan education, is willing to give credit for. And when it comes to Marvel, it is up to the Nephilim, “the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown, (Genesis 6:4)” or the sons of God, to stop Him.

It could be said that Steve Ditko and Stan Lee’s original Dr. Strange comics were a considerable contributor, though a mostly-unacknowledged back-seat driver at best, behind the developing hippie counterculture. Throughout the 1960’s university students took drugs and discussed humanist philosophy among a cauldron of blended religions, particularly Eastern mysticism, all in an effort to “expand their minds.” The pages of a typical Dr. Strange comic would drip with the Great Deception: flavors of Salvador Dali, mysticism, black magic, the occult, astral projection, alternate realities and dimensions, Egyptian and Sumerian mythology, and the study of dreams, all of which enhanced their own psychedelia.

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Science-fiction writer Ross Rocklynne was staying with his two sons in the Haight-Ashbury district during November of 1966, one of whom was attending San Francisco State at the time, and admittedly based his short story “Chez Witch” off his experiences in what he referred to as a semi-hippie apartment, with the like-minded sort always coming and going. Concerning the 12-page narrative that he clapped on a typewriter there, he said, “The older son handed me a stack of Marvel comics and remarked, incredibly, that Stan Lee and what he was saying was part of the religion of the Berkeley Haight-Ashbury scene. I was entranced with The Hulk, with Prince Namor of Atlantis, with The Fantastic Four, with Doctor Strange, the Mighty Thor, and others. I lay on the bed face closed to the floor and read and glutted myself in leisure.”

In his 1968 biographical narrative, “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test,” author Tom Wolfe gave similar credit to drug enthusiast Ken Kasey, who in turn had authored “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest” in 1962. Kasey and his Merry Pranksters held LSD gatherings around San Francisco’s bay area, including Haight-Ashbury, and according to Wolfe, he would often accommodate his trips with the latest issue of Dr. Strange.

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If a Christian utilizes a crucifixion device as a symbol for his salvation, notably as it relates to Yeshua Hamashiach’s atoning sacrifice by becoming sin for us and taking our place on the cross, then the symbol of the counterculture peace-loving hippie has much to say of its followers, particularly the cross which it openly opposes.

To the Nazi it is called a “todesune,” or death rune. For the Saracen of the middle-ages it represents a broken cross, a raven’s claw, and a witch’s foot, all calling cards of Satan. For the Hindu, the downward “V” is a mystical character for “Aum,” a sacred word which, once pronounced in repetition, is said to awaken the power of Brahma at the base of the spine. Pagan sorcerers, especially in Germanic tribes, included it in their ceremonies.  For Anton LaVey, founder of the Church of Satan, it is the background of his altar. Emperor Nero, regularly employing the downward fork to represent a broken cross or broken Jew, crucified the Apostle Peter on one. As such church history, conscious of these matters, has referred to it as a “Neronic cross.”

I am speaking of the hippie’s protest friendly “peace sign,” which lives on even today in our intellectual language. For author Rudolph Koch, in “The Book of Signs,” the downward pointing fork implies “the death of man,” while the circle surrounding it indicates “the total death of all people.” And while Gerald Holtom’s modern day re-creation of the age-old symbol is well documented, intended to represent hand-held flag symbols (or semaphores) of an N and D, representative of “nuclear disarmament,” (I see no reason why Gerald Holtom should not receive the benefit of the doubt,) Bertrand Russell is without excuse. As one well informed of its occultist lifespan, and furthermore being an open supporter of communism, the man who first brought it to America proclaimed its message with clarity. For Russell it reads: peace without God.

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In light of this, when one digs five decades back beyond the historical revisionism of the mythological carefree hippie portrayed in the media, and the comic book culture which helped to create it, the words of the Prophet Jeremiah should be made immediately clear. “They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace. Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? Nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the LORD (Jeremiah 6:14-15)”

The true Christian knows full-well that peace, effectual and lasting peace, can only be embedded within the hearts of every man, woman, and child when our King of Kings arrives in the clouds. He is a deathly threat to the Haight-Ashbury and materialist globe religion. The new age man believes sin is simply the ignorance of one’s personal divinity. He believes the major problem of mankind is in his ignorance, specifically the Christian belief which has sought to inform and convince him otherwise—that if truth be told, we are all indeed divine. Yeshua is nothing more than an avatar, one of many gods who’ve come and gone with the breeze, perhaps to remind us of our ultimate potential, and therefore completely understood by his own disciples who wrote of Him. According to the New Age man, salvation involves personal enlightenment, not the cross, mainly release from the darkness of our own ignorance, which the upside-down fork can apparently help to deliver. Yeshua threatens all of this. He threatens to topple the self-declared evolution of man. Yes, the New Age man, whose eyes are firmly fixed on the crowning achievement of evolution, his own immortality and the resurrection of all mankind through the technological craftsmanship of transhumanism; Yeshua’s upheaval among future human events not only threatens his own impossible awakening, but most importantly, he threatens to cut short the arrival of Satan’s long-promised Age of Aquarius and its shining capitol city, Mystery Babylon, when mankind will attain their ultimate absorption into the impersonal godhead—or so the New Age belief goes.

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In one of Dr. Strange’s earliest and most inspirational counterculture-shaping storylines, Stephen Strange essentially meets God, aka Sise-Neg, a 31st-century sorcerer of sorts who travels back through time in order to enhance and solidify his god-status. While he does succeed in ultimately destroying the Universe, once arriving at the beginning of time; rather than creating a new one in his own image, as was Sise-Neg’s original plan, thanks to Dr. Strange he is convinced to create the exact same evolutionary Universe again, just not in God’s image. Dr. Strange will then witness the Big Bang’s commencement. During one memorable segment, Strange acts as one of the three angels of Genesis who travels into Sodom alongside the villainous god-figure, Sise-Neg, in hopes that he might stop him from destroying both cities, the other being Gomorrah. In this attempt our hero fails. Sodom and Gomorrah are destroyed, as the God of the Bible would have it, and here, through Stephen Strange’s eyes, we are expected to witness the Christian God as our Marvel superheroes perceive Him. To them, the Judeo-Christian God is evil.

If such a possibility were true, that Hollywood wasn’t just a highly-budgeted monument celebrating the wishful thinking of godless humanism and its storylines were somehow manifested as true, then it shouldn’t be too hard for the Christian, unless cognitive dissonance and decades of apostate indoctrination has the better of him (which certainly may be the case), to envision his plight of safety behind Yeshua Hamashiach’s ranks, while our superheroes of the Haight-Ashbury religion—Thor, The Hulk, Iron Man, The Fantastic Four, The X-Men, Captain America, and not forgetting Dr. Strange—stands in defense, with the kings of the Earth to back them.

Indeed, their threat has finally arrived. And they are in opposition of Him.

 

Maranatha from Montreal, Quebec!

Noel

 

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