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Sunday, July 22, 2012
Our Black Swan
Nassim Taleb is an epistemologist who wrote a book on
philosophy called, The Black Swan: TheImpact of the Highly
‘epistemology’ as, “the branch of philosophy concerned with the nature and
limitations of knowledge; also known as The Theory of Knowledge.”
It asks the questions:
What is knowledge?
How is knowledge acquired?
To what extent is it possible for a given subject or entity
to be known?
Wake up now…this is gonna be good!
This book focuses on the extreme impact of certain kinds of
unpredictable and unforeseen events, and our tendency to reflect back on what
happened and rationalize some kind of simple explanation we can live with to
bring back our emotional equilibrium so we can resume our normal lives.
One example used is this: a farmer buys a turkey and cares
for, shelters and feeds that turkey for 360 days.On the 361st day, the farmer kills
the turkey because it is Thanksgiving and he plans to cook it for dinner.To the turkey, this is a black swan event
because he didn’t see it coming.To the
farmer, it is a white swan event because he knew when he bought the turkey what
its fate would be.
Another great example of a black swan event would be the
Flood. Genesis 6:9 tells us that “Noah
was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.”Verses 11-13 say, “The earth also was corrupt
before God, and the earth was filled with violence.And God looked upon the earth, and, behold,
it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh
is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and,
behold, I will destroy them with the earth.”
Bible commentaries tell us that up until that time, no rain
had ever fallen on the earth due to its tropical atmosphere and all the springs
and surface water.No human being had
ever seen rain and probably couldn’t conceive what it was or its potential to
Can you imagine what poor ‘ol Noah endured during the 120
years it took him to build the ark?Think of all the taunts and insults people must have hurled at him!Think of the hundreds of times he explained
why he was constructing that vessel but not one person outside of his immediate
family believed him!The danger he tried
to warn them about was so unprecedented and unbelievable, they paid no
attention to their eventual demise.The Flood
was one heck of a black swan event to the perishing.
The biggest black swan event in American history would have
been, of course, 9/11.Although I am
firmly convinced our government fully knew and helped plan the attack on the
Twin Towers, the victims and their families--indeed the entire country never
saw it coming.
We have since tried to rationalize the hows and why’s of
what happened; to make some kind of sense out of a nonsensical attack.The average citizen seems to have come to the
conclusion that makes them the most comfortable and life in this country has
returned to normal, for the most part.
However, the biggest, baddest, most incredible, most life changing
black swan event in all of human history is just about to happen.The Rapture will turn this world on its
head!Even though most Americans have
heard of the concept of the rapture of the church, the thought it might literally
occur is too fantastic to believe.It’s
considered to be a fairy tale or an extreme form of denial and wishful
Peter ties the black swan event of the Flood to the return
of Christ by describing the type of mentality average people seem to have
concerning both.2nd Peter 3:3-6 states, “Knowing this first, that there
shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and
saying, ‘Where is the promise of his coming?For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from
the beginning of the creation.’For this
they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of
old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the
world that then was, being overflowed with water perished.”
To their destruction, people didn’t believe Noah and they
don’t believe us now when we tell them that time is short because Christ is
about to snatch His church home to be with Him.They see the world economies and governments falling apart and hear the
gloom and doom on the news every single day, but they choose to ignore the
signs and stay willingly ignorant of things to come.
If you try to point out the way Mr. Obama has outrageously
taken it upon himself to sign one Executive Order after another, stripping the
rights afforded to us citizens by our Constitution and Bill of Rights, you are
castigated as a kooky conspiracy theorist.
When you warn and even present evidence that our military is
being prepared to act against the American people, or tell about the well known
FEMA detention camps, well, that is “just beyond the pale!”It matters not that there is loads of
evidence in government documents as well as videos of these soon to occur dangers;
most people stay ‘willingly ignorant.’
To acknowledge the horror soon be unleashed upon this nation
is to acknowledge that life as we’ve always known it is over.Who wants to face the fact that we now live
in a carefully planned and prepared Marxist country?Who wants to think about having their family
rounded up in the middle of the night and forced onto buses headed for some
razor wired detention camp, where they will most likely meet a terrifying fate?
The mother of all Black Swan events will be the Rapture of
the church!Jesus Christ has
promised us in Revelation 3:10, “Because thou hast kept the
word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which
shall come upon the entire world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.”
When you include the Greek meanings, this promise comes
alive. “Because (since) you have
kept (to attend to carefully) the
word (the decrees of God) of my
patience (a steadfast, enduring, loyal
faith), I also (I as well, I
likewise) will keep (guard, take
care of) thee from (outof, away from) the hour (any definite time or moment) of
temptation (rebellion against Godwhere his power and justice are challenged
to show themselves)…”
For you mid and post tribes, the Lord Himself tells us He
will keep us from the
hour…not through the hour.Not during
the hour. FROM the hour. Ya’ll can stay here if you want to.
In the Old Testament, Israel was given the privilege of
occasionally seeing and hearing with their natural eyes and ears, a
manifestation of God.They witnessed the
shaking and thunder and lightning of God’s presence while Moses was on the
mountain with God. They saw the pillar of fire and cloud guiding them through
the wilderness. They saw God’s presence light up the temple when Solomon
dedicated it to Jehovah. We don’t have that advantage today.
Those redeemed by Christ after Jesus ascended to the Father
have had to believe and rely on His Word for truth and have been given the Holy
Spirit to live in us as a ‘down payment’ of the wonderful things God has in
store for us. In other words, we don’t have the advantage of literally seeing
or hearing God. No, we trust His Word by faith; we trust in His unseen
hand as well as the stirring of the Spirit within us.
It pleases God to no end when we have faith that the things
the Bible tells us are true, living our lives accordingly.He positively pops His buttons over this
because He knows it’s a WHOLE lot more difficult to believe when we cannot use
our 5 senses. Jesus himself told Thomas in John
20:29, “Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast
believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.”
And because of our faith, Jesus has promised to keep us FROM
the ultimate black swan event that will soon happen. The Rapture will set the
whole world on its ear.Like the Flood,
people have heard about this since Paul first alluded to it in the first
century. It has been mocked, scoffed at, criticized, argued over and analyzed
all these centuries, but most people will be completely shocked when the person
next to them suddenly just….disappears!
Because this will be the biggest black swan event ever, the
general public will be taken by surprise.How will they cope psychologically with an occurrence so unprecedented
and life altering?By rationalizing an
explanation they can live with. They must have something plausible to cling to
so they can go on with their lives.
I’d bet a ribeye the explanation will have something to do
with UFO’s and aliens.I cannot imagine
what else the authorities could possibly use! And during the ensuing panic, the
antichrist will show up to save the day and re-establish order.He’ll ‘bring all peoples together.’
Kumbaya.How perfectly global!
Folks, all hell is about to break loose on this earth.You know it in your gut, and you can deny and
be willingly ignorant, but that is to your detriment.The one who died to redeem us from our sins
is going to call us up to be with Him any day now. The signs and evidence is
screaming to be heard!Are you actually
so foolish you’ll disregard all the warnings going out?Is TV or shopping or school starting really
so important you’d pass up your chance to be rescued from the police state to
America is finished.Almighty God has taken His hand of protection off of this country
because of our idolatry, our sacrifice of babies in abortion, our complete
acceptance of the abomination of homosexuality and the apostasy of many so
called Christians.We are all about
greed and coveting, stealing, lying, sexual immorality…well, now it’s plain
depravity. And our government is one of the most wicked I’ve ever heard of.
Obama and/or Romney will not save you. They both serve the globalists.
You are doomed if you refuse to accept the free pardon Jesus
bled and died to give to you. The unspeakably awful wrath of God is about to
rain down on this earth and, believe me, you won’t be worried about Snooki
falling off her 4 inch heels when it happens. Wake up before it’s too late!
The gorgeous, graceful, silky, black swan you’re about to
see is ours.Our black swan
event.Don’t whine that you weren’t