Moving: “Clash of the Titans”
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Moving: “Clash of the Titans”
By Augusto A. Kho
MRT Taft Avenue, Pasay City
May 18, 2018 (Friday); 11:30 am
Revised: May 20, 2018 (Sunday); 11:01 pm
Updated: May 21, 2018 (Monday); 12:34 pm
“Moving, Clash of the Titans”
It was May 18, 2018 (Friday) at 11:30 am while waiting for MRT couch from the passengers alley, I saw two stationary trains from afar, one train from the left started moving towards us. The word," moving" and "clash of the titans" came to the picture.
Time is constant
Time is constant. Time is unchanging. It happens all the time or very often over a period of time. While we find expiry date always everywhere whether the life you hold dear, relationships, purchased good and services, time on the other hand just keep going. Time is earth’s one very important resource. That is why Paul says, “Redeeming the time because the days are evil,” (Ephesians 5:16).
Word of God, unchanging
The Word of God is a constitutional (basic) document that only becomes almost alive (Hebrew 4:12), binding, statutory and legal ONLY if it is applied and become " spirit and life." (John 6:33).
The Word of God is constant. It is unchanging. When God said, things simply happen (Gen. 1:3). Jesus said, “Heavens and earth will pass away but my words will never pass away,” (Matt. 24:35)
Preaching, tomorrow’s headline
That is principle behind my statement, " Today's preaching tomorrow's headline" when I preached last Sunday that the qou warranto can lead to "Clash of the Titans" between our 3 Branches of the Government: Judiciary, Legislative and Executive due to "territorial invasion "or due to "usurpation of authority" that can lead to chaos or disorder.
Usurpation of authority occurs when you cross a boundary lines that is not legally yours. In simple terms we call that "trespassing."
Incidentally, what I received today coincides with the “Black Friday” which will be held on the same day of this writing, Friday in front of the Supreme Court, Padre Faura, Manila at 5:00 PM. This event will be attended by religious leaders, civil society, academe and others. They are joining hands in hands for the said civil protest for what allegedly called, “trampling the constitution,” the very foundation of the nation.
Events and time somehow coincides what I have been preaching the past three (3) weeks if I may review them which are as follows:
May 6 : “Cronus,”
May 13 : “Chaos,”
May 20: “Movin” : Theophany: “Clash of the Titans”
“Cronus,” the Greek god of time. God holds the time, seasons and events for a divine purpose (Ecc. 3:1-2). Three (3) world-time as follows :
Chronos = the general time i.e. 24 hours a day or 365 days a week
Kairos = opportune time; occasional, special time or moment; very fleeting time
Pleroo = the fulfilment of time.
The above-given times are limited. But there is one more time which is not limited by space or distances which we call in Hebrew word “olam”. Olam is perpetual, infinite, eternal, lasting, ad infinitum. The eternal time (olam) will soon replace all times and seasons - from past, present and future.
While Cronus is the Greek god of time, God on the other hand has a divine purpose to every time and season to every human individual (Ecc. 3:1-2).
“Chaos,” a primordial god that existed long before lower gods were created. He created the earth when it was without form, void, dark and deep. That is when Ouranos, Greek of sky and Gaia, Greek god of the earth were made (Genesis 3:1-3). If you remember clearly, the Scriptures called the angels as “sons of God” and that is “heavenly” (Gen. 6:2) and of course humans made in the very image of God which is “earthly” (Gen. 1:26). Adam was made out from the ground which is “gaia” or earthly (Gen. 2:7).
When order is under threat, collision is inevitable. So when the law of gravity is being interfered by other forces, the result will be cosmic explosion and devastation. Times and events are identical for He makes beautiful according to His season (Ecc. 3:11a).
3 branches of the government
The same is true when order of the three (3) equal and independent branches of the government will be intruding its legal independence, then from there will be “colliding of power” and the result is alarmingly threatening and scary.
While the Greek god Chaos speaks of peace and order, a sole Creator of the entire Universe, another term “chaos” means “disorder, anarchy (without rule of law), confusion, disaster, destruction. “ Chaos (negative terms) occurs only when there is war like that of Greek god of war, Ares with the counterpart of the Romans called “Mars.”
Black Friday’s personalities
Black Friday’s personalities were attended by the following: Atty and Pastor Caloy Dino, the spokesperson of Ma. Lourdes Sereno who read the written Statement of Coalition for Justice, Righteousness. Then CBCP Bishop Fabello shared his piece followed by IFP Chairman and Bishop Daniel Balais then followed by the running priest, Fr. Robert Reyes.
UP Diliman student leader, Miguel Aljib said, “lumabas kami sa paaralan. Kabataan ang mag mamana sa bayan. Panawagan sa mag aaral. Ang laban ay sa labas ng bahay aklatan. Ano ba epekto eto sa bayan. Epekto eto sa demokrasya. Nakita natin sa TRAIN. OPINION laban sa govierno pinapa tahimik.”
OFW representative said, “Today is fight again tyranny. Fight against dictatorship.”
By the initiative of UP students they chanted, “Never again; never again; never again to martial law. Defend democracy. Never again to martial law.”
Belen dela Paz, UP Treasurer on Academics representing “Organization Against Tyranny” also spoke. She is a doctor by profession. The followed by another speaker, a senior citizen, Ruben Felipe of Liberal Caucus saying, “Di kami susuko. Kung kami mananahimik ano ang kinabukasan ng amin anak at apo.”
Time is moving. It is constant.
When the15- member of the Senate made a recent resolution to review the Supreme Court’s decision on quo warranto that ousted the former Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno, the Clash of the Titans begun. It is Theophany.
The once-filed qou warranto in the shelf started to move. Once something moves it create an impact or effect (good or bad). Like the Greek god Chaos who is “pre-existent” before the earth was null, void and dark, “the Spirit of God moved on the face of the waters,” (Genesis 1:2). The word “moved” in Hebrew “rachaph” (raw-khaf) means “to hover, to flutter, to shake.”
Move or movement is “motion” in Physics. Movement (clockwork) is the internal mechanism of a timepiece. It’s a life-sign according to Horology.
Theophany is the divine intervention of God according to seasons, times, events and in the affairs of men making the Almighty God the Supreme Ruler of the entire universe (The Preamble states that, “We the sovereign Filipino imploring the aid of Almighty God”). The plan of Saul, a member of the Pharisee to persecute the Christ but Christ intervened on his way to Damascus is theophanic or epiphany i.e. a visible manifestation of a deity (Acts 9:1-5). God made a reversal of man’s plan and decision.
Now that clashes between legislative power of the Senate and the Judiciary begins no less than by the solicitor general under the Executive Department who filed the quo warranto, will this moving into titanic clash of the Olympian gods known as “Clash of the Titans?”
The Judiciary, Legislative and judiciary are the three independent, co -equal branches of the Philippine Government. Crossing boundaries lines to their independence creates chaos, disorder and anarchy that leave to mind an imagination of constitutional crisis.
Just like the law of gravity which is a natural science that puts balance and equilibrium in an orderly manner to avoid clashes, the Judiciary as the supreme law of the land once destroyed will makes the foundation of a nation fall ( Psalm 11:6).
It is the law that govern. It is the law that rules. But if Judiciary as a law has been attacked and ended up for self- destruct as dissented by one Supreme Court Justice, what will happen then?
The Father, the Son and the Spirit are co- equal, co- independent and yet in completely one. Their perfect harmony assures stability, strength and order. They can't simply duplicate one another's authority, no intermeddling, no intrusion, no power struggle.
While Christ is the Law that made flesh ( John 1:1; John 5:19) and God Almighty is the Supreme lawgiver (Gen. 1:3), the Holy Spirit confirms the Word (John 15:26).
The Father is the lawgiver (Legislative), the Son executes the law (Executive) while the Spirit confirms or interprets the law (Judiciary). These three (3) are in perfect harmony and certain offices to exercise its given authority and power. Isaiah 33:22 ( ESV) , "For the LORD is our judge; the LORD is our lawgiver; the LORD is our king; he will save us. "
They (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) are not into collision to one another unlike of what is happening to this very day in the clashes of judiciary and the senate.
Clash of the Titans
Rev. 20:9, “And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. “
Like Thor who can command lightning from above to come as in the case of Elijah who is known as the prophet of fire (2 Kings 1:10, 12), the battle of Jesus Christ and the Devil is like a Clash of the Titans.
Time is running out. Our preparation matters when the battle begins we must know where we should end (Amos 4:12).
" And God said, " (Genesis 1:3). The word " said" in Hebrew "amar" (aw-mar) means "to declare or command." Declaration like a command is like Declaration of Independence (Constitution) of the United States of America. God the Father legislates the law.
John 1:1, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. “ Three (3) the “word” mentioned. Word in Greek “logos” means “a topic (subject of discourse); a subject; a doctrine; treatise
John 5:19, “Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.” The word "do" in Greek "poieo " means "to act rightly. ". The Son can only do what the Father does. Christ executes the Law.
The Holy Spirit will testify the Word just like that Judiciary and the Supreme Court “interprets the Law or Constitution. That is to assure that “what has been said or spoken” has been passed through the test of integrity which is free from human error and demonic intrusion. They call the “spirit of truth and error” (1 John 4:6).
John 15:26, “But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me (Christ the Word that made flesh in John 1:14).” The word “testify” is derived from Greek “Martureo” i.e. “ to bear witness (to affirm that one has seen or heard or experienced something, or that he knows it because it is taught by divine revelation or inspiration” according to Thayer. The Holy Spirit interprets the law.
The word “compassed” in Revelation 20:9 is derived from Greek word “kukloo” which means “surrounded by besiegers (armed forces).”
Movement & Horology
In horology, a movement, also known as a caliber, is the mechanism of a clock or watch, as opposed to the case, which encloses and protects the movement, and the face, which displays the time. Horology is the study of the measurement of time.
Jesus Christ gave an analogy of His coming on the “second watch’. Luke 12;38 “And if He shall come in the second watch or come in the third watch and find them so blessed are those servants.” The word “watch” in Greek “phulake: means “on guard or on watch; of the time (of night) during which guard was kept, a watch i.e. a period of time during which part of the guard was on duty and at the end of which other relieved them.” The Greek divides the night into 3 watches (relyibo we call in Tagalog); the Israelites had also 3 watches in the night while the Romans divided the night into 4 watches.” Phulake is derived from the Greek word “phulasso” meaning “have an eye upon” which means our eyes must be completely opened and we must be conscious of what is happening around us. That is why Jesus said to His disciples concerning the end times.
When Jesus Christ walked on the water it was on the 4th watch which means that during His time they are using the Roman time that has 4 watches in the night (Matthew 14:25).
In other words, the word “watch” though it is an action word, a verb denotes time-element and time-consciousness which is very attitude towards time. So Christ warned His disciples the SIGNS of the END TIMES saying, “Watch (phulake i.e. on guard) therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come,” (Matthew 24:42).
Clash of the Titans
The Titans are immense elemental immortals who existed long before the gods, and some of the Titans are parents of the gods.
Although barely mentioned in both films, the denomination Titan is rather used to describe powerful creatures, such as the Kraken or Medusa. Literal Titans, however, are the children of the primordial elementals Uranus and Gaea.
The Clash of the Titans between the Philippine Senate and the Judiciary due to the quo warranto vs. Sereno perfectly matches the recent global news that China confirmed her militarization in the contested South China Sea or West Philippine Sea that brought bilateral conflict on “creeping invasion” or “territorial encroachment”. These are clashes that can bring us to the brink of war in the end time – be it regional war or global war.
Great, great Clash of the Titans
The great, great “Clash of the Titans” will finally end in Revelation 20:11, “And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. “ In New Living Translation (NLT) it reads this way:
“And I saw a great white throne and the one sitting on it. The earth and sky fled from his presence, but they found no place to hide.”
Tartarus also called Hell is being described as “place of no return” in the Greek original text. It is a place of no return for the Satan, anti-Christ, the beast, the fallen angels and men and women who sided with the great serpent.
The earth (gaia) and the sky (ouranos) will simply scamper away for future chaotic destruction on the same way it has been formed before out from waste and dark by pre-existent, eternal Almighty God like Chaos.
Clash of the Titans are these : Philippine 3 branches of the Government creating constitutional crisis, the militarization in the South China Sea or West Philippine Sea, and the heavenly clashes of God and gods of the entire universe.
Originally the offspring of Gaia (the Earth-mother) and Ouranus (the Sky-father) and were the first race of divine beings. Kronos and Rhea produced the first generation of Olympians whom Kronos, out of fear of being overthrown, then ate, save Zeus. Zeus killed Kronos and saved his siblings. At first the relationship between the Olympians and Titans were relatively amicable, but eventually, the Titanomachy, the war against the Titans, broke out, in which the Titans were finally subdued and punished. (Source: http://clash-of-the-titans.wikia.com/wiki/Titans).
Why the New Testament is written in Greek culture & beliefs?
Greek Gods were made up by the Greeks to explain different natural events which is Theophany. Like for instance lightning was decided to be thrown from Mount Olympus (Not the actual mountain, the Mythological one) by the Greek God Zeus.
When you die, for example when you die the Greeks believed you would go to the Underworld (Hades) and be judged by the god Hades and you will go to different parts of the Underworld depending on your life’s choices.
In Revelation 1:18 for example, Jesus Christ uses the Greek gods Hades and Thanatos whom the people believe and the Lord said He Himself holds the keys of both of these God. Hades is the Greek god of the underworld while Thanatos is the Greek god of death. Hades is also the god of wealth (because precious minerals like silver and gold are hidden underneath the earth).
While Apollo is called the Greek god of light and patron of Delphi, Greece Jesus Christ claimed the light of the world. John 8:12, Jesus said “I am the light of the world.” Light in Greek “phos” can be a light (literal or figurative) or a star or the heavenly light that surrounds the angels.
In Greek mythology, Cronus, Cronos or Kronos (/ˈkroʊnəs/ or /ˈkroʊnɒs/ from Greek: Κρόνος, krónos), was the leader and youngest of the first generation of Titans, the divine descendants of Uranus, the sky, and Gaia, the earth. He overthrew his father and ruled during the mythological Golden Age, until he was overthrown by his own son Zeus and imprisoned in Tartarus. The deities Phorcys, Cronus, and Rhea were the eldest children of Oceanus and Tethys (Source: Plato)
Cronus was usually depicted with a harpe, scythe or a sickle, which was the instrument he used to castrate and depose Uranus, his father. In Athens, on the twelfth day of the Attic month of Hekatombaion, a festival called Kronia was held in honour of Cronus to celebrate the harvest, suggesting that, as a result of his association with the virtuous Golden Age, Cronus continued to preside as a patron of harvest. Cronus was also identified in classical antiquity with the Roman deity Saturn.
During antiquity, Cronus was occasionally interpreted as Chronos, the personification of time according to Kypovos.
Peter Dronky writes that in addition to the name, the story of Cronus eating his children was also interpreted as an allegory to a specific aspect of time held within Cronus' sphere of influence. As the theory went, Cronus represented the destructive ravages of time which devoured all things. These is we see when Chronos which includes the Kairos and Pleroo the earth-bound time will be ravaged when the divine time Olam will come when God’s Kingdom will joined the “new heaven and the new earth” that ends the limited time yet the beginning of eternity (Revelation 21:1). In Eschatology, the eternity past, eternity present and eternity future – the so-called beginning and the end will be engulfed by God’s eternal time.
God has divine purpose to every time and season (Ecc. 3:1-2). God alone holds our time (whether good or bad).
Hephaestus, god of fire
According to Walter Burket (1985) spelled “Hēphaistos” is the Greek god of fire. I t is associated to blacksmiths, metalworking, carpenters, craftsmen, artisans, sculptors, metallurgy, fire, and volcanoes.