A Novel Eschatology
Let us suppose (we are going to make a good number of extreme suppositions) that, long ago, humankind had developed a civilization that, while not as powerful as ours is, nevertheless was much more powerful than even Rome or elder China, say. While it is unlikely that they manufactured nuclear weapons in the modern sense, there is a small amount of evidence that radioactive materials might have been used in an “elevated” form (e.g. in Mohenjo Daro) at various remote points in antiquity and before. At some point, wars relating to these and other materials consumed this ancient civilization to naught, leaving us the remarkable structures of Macchu Picchu, the Giza pyramids, Stonehenge, and so on, as a testament to the might of what was then lost.
Among the survivors of those days were the precursors to the Israelites. There is some evidence that YHWH, among those (hypothetical) survivors, began His “life” as a god of metal. But inasmuch as the Hebrew scriptures “translate” the tetragrammaton as a code for the divine self-assertion, “I am that I am,” we might suppose that “YHWH” is ultimately no more a simple proper name than it is just a descriptive term. Suffice it to say that the proto-Israelite metallurgical YHWH was not really the One God YHWH of the Hebrew scriptures.
Now the Book of Daniel (and the Second Letter to the Thessalonians, implicitly citing the Danielite text) says that the human enemy of the Messiah (now known variously as the Antichrist or the Beast from the sea), in the “last days,” will set himself up as a god in himself, as the embodiment of a heretofore unknown, unrecognized “god of fortresses” placated by offerings of precious metals and other such treasures. The Gospel of Matthew notes that representatives of the false eschatological religion will perform signs and wonders so as to deceive “even the elect, were this possible.” This religion, therefore, must appear very similar in form and content to Judaism and Christianity. The easiest sum of this and the rest of the above is: the antichurch will present itself as worshiping YHWH, but this will be the forsaken god of metal from the end of an older human world, not the Father of the Son, Jesus Christ.
Why would an evil lord of metals be the image of ultimate darkness as such? Uranium is not emerald ooze or ore, but a typical metal in regular appearance. By means of its power, humankind has formed a “god of fortresses” (to contain and uphold the dire weaponry) that has subverted the political integrity of every people, nation, tribe, and tongue: all are beholden, directly or not, to the forbearance of the “great powers,” such that the threat of nuclear holocaust holds all humanity hostage to itself—trapped in the “fortresses” of the great lands. The discoverers and inventors of the threat sometimes saw themselves as having achieved divine stature, as unleashing a deity of death and destruction (“I have become Death, destroyer of worlds,” as Oppenheimer said).
America on some (fundamental) level has always imagined itself to be the truest example of the New Rome, not only the inheritor but the transcendental successor to the apex predator of human antiquity. We can see how far America has carried out its antichristian foundations in this, that when the US state made of itself an ideological soldiery (in the holocaust of Vietnam), the prerequisite explanatory appeal was to a clearly Beastly system:
The conquered people are not [always] forced at gunpoint to change their ways, but “all participation in public life, whether political, cultural or economic, is conditioned on acceptance of the new faith.” (Michael McClintock, Instruments of Statecraft, chapter 12)
Rarely do we find such an explicit (if unintended?) evocation of the “prerogative” of the Antichrist, his False Prophet, and the image of the Beast thereof: “It forced all the people, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to be given a stamped image on their right hands [their deeds] or their foreheads [their beliefs], so that no one could buy or sell except one who had the stamped image of the Beast’s name or the number that stood for its name” (Revelation 13:16-17).
Fire from heaven
Although YHWH in the “Old Testament” is depicted as having entire cities destroyed by fire from heaven, Christ mysteriously enough claims that it will go better for Sodom and Gomorrah, at the final judgment, than it will for several other cities (Matthew 10:15). According to some copies of the Gospel of Luke, Christ actually goes so far as to ask His disciples once, “Do you know what kind of Spirit it is that we serve? For the Son of Man came not to destroy life but to save it” (Luke 9:56), and this in reply to a request by the disciples for celestial incandescence to be visited upon some unfaithful village in Samaria. Now there is apparently little to no archaeological evidence for the story of the ancient Israelites under Moses and Joshua going about physically slaughtering entire peoples in the land of Canaan, and it fits with the typological method of scriptural interpretation to suppose that those genocidal legends are allegorical for the ideological efficiency of monotheism versus polytheism: as Jewish philosophers (prophets, as per the definition of Maimonides) testified to the intellectual and emotional superiority of faith in One God instead of many, pagan regions variously converted en masse to monotheism of various forms (exclusivistic Ra-worship in Egypt for a time, say, or Zoroastrianism in Persia, being seeds or samples of such foreign processes).
Accordingly, the False Prophet, however, will as his preeminent “sign” of power unleash “fire from heaven” on behalf of the Beast and the Beast’s image. Now there is one nation, above all others, who has indeed unleashed “fire from heaven” at many times and in many places: America, first and foremost in Japan, also to some degree in France and Germany (and a few other countries, during the Second World War, I believe), then massively in Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. (Granted, other nations have inflicted the same or similar flames on this or that land, but no other to the degree or extent that the US military has.) It is in America that the falsest forms of Christianity have taken pride of place in much government decision-making, public or covert (by this I mean that even notions like “Christian Identity,” a racist formulation that is brother to Nazism, are on the minds of at least some of our leaders, here or there, now or then). It is America that has the unique potential to betray the reconstituted Israel—the means, the motive, and the opportunity, even.
Who is like the Beast, therefore? I think it is easy enough to see who is so in our day, at least.
Civilian death tolls per nation (resulting from major air wars) (these numbers are my own opinions after 10+ years of statistical research and analysis)
Non-American (all during WW2)
Germany vs. USSR: 500,000
UK vs. Germany: 400,000
Japan vs. China: 350,000
Japan: 500,000 (but possibly 900,000, as per the USSBS)
North Korea: 750,000 (but possibly 1,500,000, per one of Curtis LeMay's claims about overall North Korean deaths)
South Korea: 250,000 (but possibly 500,000)
North Vietnam: 100,000 (but possibly 200,000 or more, per the official postwar Vietnamese government and my own analysis)
Cambodia: 300,000 (but possibly 600,000 or more, as per various other estimates)
N. Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos considered as a unit: approximately 1,000,000
South Vietnam: at least 1,000,000, possibly 1,500,000 or more [note: South Vietnam was not only subject to the largest tonnage of bombing ordnance simpliciter, out of any nation in known history, but also to an inconceivable near-400,000 tons of napalm, to be contrasted with c. 10,000 as used on Japan during WW2, say]
Total: approximately 3,500,000 to 4,500,000 [likeliest range; can be reinforced by considering sums for smaller campaigns]
Ԙ: The Final Power, Part 2
The Shield defends Ripheus with a surety as of wild gold, and as true, for he alone holds it in valor. But this valor is only enough to preserve this one man as he ascends the last staircases of destruction's transfinity. Everyone else not here in the City falls and rises in the self-desecrating magma of the apocalypse, gasping for words of horror at each rise and fall of the crystal Forms of Evil and Nothingness.
Armirex stands alone at the base of the four towers, watching skyward in despair and hope.
Some of the others reach out, try to cross over to...
Like calliopes of massacre, the shifting stairwells up which Ripheus goes trespass upon themselves darkly. Again and again the Shield saves him from being smashed apart by their cataclysm of murder. Sinstone breaks in torrents, rocking the ascent to the parapet that runs parallel to Apollyon's ray of fire and light.
... as they live and die they live up...
Ripheus makes it to the parapet. He looks through an aperture onto the artificial plateau, bearing first witness to the ramparts of destruction's flame. Within which he intends to stand...
... to interpose himself between goodness and the Form of Evil...
... they live up, up, upward into the City...
... he braces the Shield for his entrance onto the parapet, slanting it as he passes the boundary of the Destroyer's radiant wake. Blocking the passage of that radiance, the Shield yet blocks only a small halo therefrom: enough for Ripheus to survive and endure through this end.
Already, however, he is driven back by the weight of the light pouring forth unto him. This is the fire of the Final Power enmeshed with the ferocity of Apollyon. Those words, "Nothing can be done to stop the one who comes to end that which does not exist," Ripheus thinks back to.
Hammered by the might of desolation, the Shield forms a wake of its own in the ray. As incandescence surges around him, Ripheus feels the stone on which he stands melting. Step by step, Apollyon raptures him towards the parapet's edge, and he sees the melting of the stone as a slow river carrying him along with the rapture.
... assembling at the base of the fourfold tower...
--And a flicker of Apollyon's power sails off, rams into the Shield directly. Gripping the Shield's handle, Ripheus flies off the parapet, down towards portals opening from the physical plane that reveal friends and enemies and others come to fight or not. Ripheus warps the Shield like a kite and after harrowed sailing amidst the sapphire period of the light he manages to hit ground at a safe velocity and angle.
The rest of the ensemble having arrived, one of them--[add name later]--runs up to the man of Troy. Talking to him while looking at the gem of Evil, she asks, "What is happening?"
Hanging his head, Ripheus explains the situation: and the gem explodes again: and again the nova of the seraph hydra floods the streets of the City.
Various images, including ending glyphs, for my gamebook about a disease where every time you're happy, you get a migraine. If this stuff looks cool or what, support the Sapere Aude project by Liking the Facebook page for the novel at https://www.facebook.com/DareToTakeTheTest/
... the Insignia of Ripheus...
Nice picture I found, long ago, but posting it here instead of FB (where I originally shared it).
I still don't know what to do about the problem of Apollyon in the real world. I would guess, maybe, that the "let's reprogram the Form of Evil" narrative has to have a wildly different IRL counterpart, since there's no Keyscape, there's already a Savior, etc. The "let's corrupt the world with romantic injustice" notion fits the profile, so to speak, but that makes displacing the Form of Evil into no goal at all for Apollyon, who instead is just using that Form's power to try to destroy the world, as it goes. But how (on Earth!) am I supposed to fight that?
Not saying it's impossible, just that I don't get it, right now. I suppose I will down the road but I don't know how much farther down the road I've got to go.
Cool Lovecraftian image I found:
Well if I'm not supposed to give Dean the solution to the Continuum Hypothesis, then who should I give it to? Everyone else I've tried has been just as unresponsive as Dean himself haha.
The Hounds of Carnap
2ѭ = Ѩ
This equation captured my mind: it was decidable--algorithmic, and suggestive. I had come up with it as a result of my studies in higher set theory, the doctrine of Richard Carnap's regarding the "telestial cardinals."
Or from my perusal of more occult, if no less deviant, texts, sources as old as the Pnakotic manuscripts or as accursed as the Xenschernalia.
Or from all such sources, I confess.
I had stumbled upon the theory of cardinal "telestialism," as it was also known, secondhand. The weirder, sillier name for it was coined by quasi-adherents of different stripes than Carnap himself: the Hounds of Carnap, they were called, after the fiends of the dimension of Tindalos in Lovecraftian mythology. I had no idea why they thought of themselves as hounds, after all.
Certainly no clue why they would adopt the moniker of a type of monster.
If I could get a job at the hospital, that'd be so sick [haha]. I wonder what my prospects are.