Chasing our Tails

Ecclesiastes 11:13-14

13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. 14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

Back to work his week after a great vacation in New York City. Something occurred to me, and, being in a bit of a pessimistic mood this evening, I’m going to lay it out here.

I sell hydraulic hose components and assembly machines. Virtually everything in the world at least uses hydraulics in some measure, are completely hydraulic, or were built with heavy machinery that require hydraulics.  Most manufactured goods that I can think of are made in factories, using hydraulics in some fashion.

What’s interesting is how much oil plays in the whole equation. I mean domestic, drilled/fracked/pumped oil here in the states.  The last couple years saw the oil market bottom out.  Combine that with drought conditions in the Southwest – 10+ years in some regions – and the economy starts tanking.  Why?

Oil and crops are harvested using equipment that needs hydraulics. They need to be supported by semi trucks to carry them.  When trucks aren’t running, parts houses lose business, restaurants and hotels lose business (where are all of those people going to eat and sleep, not to mention salesmen like me?)

The ripple effect spreads far.

While I’ve been aware of this for a while, I recently had a different view come to mind. Businesses are by and large dependent on moving things.  Period.  Most business feed into the markets of trucks, drilling, farming, and construction of roads.  So why are we spending so much on trucks and roads?  To move stuff.  Why are moving stuff?  To produce more trucks and roads.

We’re chasing our tails.

Everybody who’s having fun nipping at their own rear ends, please raise your hands.

*pause*

Yeah, me neither.

Why do we do it? Well, hell, that’s just the we’ve been doing it around here.

Then I remembered a speech I gave in college. It was something that would warm the heart of any good New World Order type.  Strictly as an exercise, I took the position that all technology should be abandoned.  Pollution, population growth, food production,…the list went on.  At some point we’ll likely outstrip our ability to sustain our modern world, and things would collapse.  There would be a massive worldwide die back as most of the population would simply die from violence, starvation, and/or disease.

Maybe it would be better to abandon all tech right now, I had argued, including medicine. I mean, how could you sustain it without transportation, electricity, etc.  There would be a die back, but not as bad as if we waited.

Like I said, this was just an exercise in persuasive speaking. It could never happen.  I don’t think it really should.  Now I sit here 37 years later, and I can’t help seeing how strange it all seems.  We chase a tail that can never be caught.  It’s a chase that arguably does as much or more harm than good.

When did you last sit and read your bible? When did you last spend time just sitting and talking to God?  When did you have a day off and really took it OFF?  No chores, nothing.  No lawn, no repairs, no errands.  Just…be.

But it’s a fool’s errand. How much harder to find, hunt, or grow our food?  How much younger would we die?  Would we be happier or longing for a McDonald’s Quarter Pounder and fries?

Yeah, Solomon had it figured. There’s nothing new under the sun.  There are always regrets and complaints.  Fool’s errands abound.  We ask what the point is, but Solomon has the answer:

Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

Of course, if we had more time to read the Bible, we’d know that already, right? Oops! There I go again!

Not My Circus; Not My Monkeys

Psalm 131

“Lord, my heart is not haughty, Nor my eyes lofty. Neither do I concern myself with great matters, Nor with things too profound for me.

2 Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, Like a weaned child with his mother; Like a weaned child is my soul within me.

3 O Israel, hope in the Lord From this time forth and forever.”

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If only…

I travel a lot. I’m a traveling salesman.  And I know all the jokes, so don’t bother.  I work out of my home, because the nearest division office is a solid 12 hour drive from here.  I work in isolation as do the rest of the people on the team.  I have a corner office that gets about 31mpg; window in front, windows on both sides.  I sit in the corner.  Front left.

 

We all have very large geographies to cover, so we all have a fair amount of windshield/butt time. We often call each other to kill some miles as we drive.  We compare notes on business conditions in our territories, the latest product problems, home…pick a topic.

I was having one of those conversations with one of my favorite guys who lives in California. He’s got a great sense of humor and a refreshingly pragmatic approach to life and the job.  Last week he’s talking about some fiasco that affects him, but he has no control over.  He quipped, “Hey, man!  Not my circus…not my monkeys.”  I thought that was about the funniest thing I’d heard in a bit.

MonkeysBy the way, all of our cars have Blue Tooth/hands free phone operation. Push one button and tell sweetie pie who to call.  My phone doesn’t even have to be out of my bag.  Still, if I’m in traffic, I either don’t answer or beg off a call when things get…interesting.

Not my circus. I have to smile.  Then I’m reading my daily devotions, and Psalm 131 is the day’s assigned Psalm.  I read it and think; that sounds to me like David saying, “Not my circus, not my monkeys.”

Between having too many wives (that’s’ more than one), too many concubines (that’s more than zero…zed to any Canadians out there), and very revolting sons (take it in what sense thou wilt), he had plenty of his own monkeys in his own circus. He knew, however, there are other circuses that he had no effect on.  He did not concern himself with “great matters” or things “too profound” for him.

Once he learned to let go and let God (there’s an oldie but goodie), life got much easier.

baby-sleeping-on-mothers-chest-554061657-589891493df78caebc45760c“Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, Like a weaned child with his mother; Like a weaned child is my soul within me.”

Doesn’t that sound…cozy? A nice fire in the fireplace, a cat or two stretched out in front of it, a full belly, and a child asleep on his mother’s breast.  *yawn*

That’s how it gets when you “…hope in the Lord / From this time forth and forever.”

So, when the monkeys are driving you bananas, just remember to see if they’re yours in the first place. If not, well…

Under Attack!!

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”    1 Peter 5:8

In the last 1-2 years I’ve been learning more and more just how thoroughly Satan is working in this world. I’ve learned about Luciferian recording artists who are fooling everyone with their Christian acts.  Televangelists who are actually Luciferians.  They all exhibit coded symbols to identify to each other, and, honestly, to laugh at us, the pitiful, inferior “sheeples” not seeing them in plain sight!  They see us as theirs to be sheared, both for their benefit and their master’s.

These deluded souls who think they are on the winning side have permeated churches, government (yes, ours too) and about every aspect of our lives. They do the bidding of their master to commit violence against their own kind.

This goes back to the beginning, of course. Both before and after Noah’s Flood, the fallen angels came to earth and cross-bred themselves with the women on earth;

“There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.”   Genesis 6:4

That’s why God sent the Flood. And they did it again after the Flood!  They went after the beauty, the flowers of humanity, the women.  They used them to do two things.  First, they just want to hurt people.  On principle.  Per their boss.  Second, it was a strategy to ruin the human blood line, thereby foiling God’s plan for His Son to be the perfect human, the perfect sacrifice to atone for our sins.

They were at it again in Canaan. Remember the spies Joshua sent in to scope things out before crossing into their Promised Land?

“There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.”   Numbers 13:33

They came after humanity through the women.

Satan and his minions haven’t stopped. They are at it today, but maybe in different ways than before.  A couple posts back I pointed you to another blog that has impressed and encouraged me: Beautybeyondbones.  Her writings have mixed with this other stuff in my head, and I started thinking that Eating Disorders, ED, are Satan’s attack on humanity through the best of us, the women.  Beauty even speaks of ED as a separate entity in her mind, urging her to destruction.

Women are beautiful. They have that nurturing, nourishing nature God blessed them with.  They are the cradle of our race.  They have amazing strength and courage.  What better way to torment humanity than to immerse the best of us in pain and self-destruction?  Sure, guys can have EDs, but on balance this is pretty much an affliction of women.

Maybe this is just my blinding glimpse of the obvious, earning a collective “Duh” from at least the lady readers. But I remember a beautiful young lady from my theatre days in Detroit.

Maureen was a gorgeous, talented actress at the same rep company I was at, The Hilberry. It was Wayne State’s graduate program, but we ran it like any pro Equity house in the area.  Maureen had curly/kinky black hair cascading over her shoulders, framing a million watt smile and eyes so green you could lose yourself in them.  With a normal weight, she had a great figure.  Just all-around lovely, inside and out.

In the second year there, she started dropping weight. She got extremely thin.  She lost her generous chest, and her arms looked like something I could snap by just bumping into her.  She scared the hell out of me when she hugged me goodbye the last day we worked together.  Bones.  Just bones.

But she was always happy, always smiling, always kind and considerate. But just on the outside I have now learned.

I thought she just had one of those weight issue…things. I now understand how much sadness and pain were behind those green eyes.  I did  nothing about it.  Didn’t have a clue.  I wish I could back.  DO something more than be a nice co-worker.  She was under attack by Satan in the guise of ED.

Where am I going with this? If you know someone with an ED, don’t be like me and think it’s just one of those weight…things.  It’s hell and gone more than that.  Learn about anorexia.  Pray God shows you how to help her.  Understand that this is Satanic.  This is about your friend, your loved one, and…it’s a defense of humanity, one beauty-in-pain at a time.

Dinosaurs

Modern science tells us that dinosaurs first appeared in the geologic record, namely the so-called Triassic period and flourished until their extinction about 66 million years ago.

Of course, if you’ve read my previous blogs, The Exodus Case Part 1 and Science and the Evolution Argument, you know that the geologic layers are explained very easily as layers put down during Noah’s Flood, and not billions of years.

So that means men and dinosaurs lived together. One might ask where the Bible stands on this and why aren’t dinosaurs discussed in the Bible. Answer #1: The Bible is God’s history of how He created the world, how mankind sinned, and how He redeemed us from our sins. Dinosaurs are not an integral part of that, so they don’t figure prominently. For example, I don’t think sharks are specifically mentioned in the bible. That’s not a refutation of sharks existing in any Biblical time period. They just didn’t figure directly in the story God mapped out as a matter of record.

Answer #2: There is one case where a dinosaur is described, although it isn’t named.

“Look at Behemoth, which I made along with you and which feeds on grass like an ox. 16 What strength it has in its loins, what power in the muscles of its belly! 17 Its tail sways like a cedar; the sinews of its thighs are close-knit. 18 Its bones are tubes of bronze, its limbs like rods of iron. 19 It ranks first among the works of God, yet its Maker can approach it with his sword.”   Job 40:15-19

Some people try to say it describes an elephant or hippo simply because they can’t imagine a dinosaur existing alongside man. But read it carefully. Neither has a tail like a cedar. It’s vegetarian. It’s huge. It sounds very much like a brontosaurus.

There is the Bernifal cave in France, renowned for Neanderthal artifacts. Stone age man had a habit of drawing stuff on his cave walls. Guess what’s painted on the wall of this cave? Yup…a dinosaur-looking thing. Check it out: http://www.genesispark.com/exhibits/evidence/historical/ancient/dinosaur/

The article gives an overview of a number of instances of art showing dinosaur-type creatures, both more sophisticated art as well as cave drawings. There are bronze Persian pots with stylized spouts resembling dragons, which are modelled on…what? Dinosaurs?

There is a The Turkish painting, entitled “Procession of the Trade Corporation during the Festival of 1720 in Constantinople.” The bottom left corner has what looks like a mutli-headed sauropod. Multi-headedness is a condition known as polycephaly. While curious, it is hardly unknown among dinosaur reports.

Also according to the article, “…the Dayak peoples of Borneo and Sumatra produced multiple pieces of art depicting long-tailed, long-necked creatures with a head crest. Some of these animals resemble hadrosaurs.”

Chinese art is particularly known for its dragon depictions, but some of these do resemble dinosaurs. One in particular is a beaked dinosaur with a head crest. Again, from the article:

“A beautifully preserved beaked dinosaur mummy (Edmontosaurus) was discovered in Alberta, Canada in 2013. The specimen sported a fleshy crest atop its head (like a rooster). Researchers theorized that the hat-like ornament was brightly colored to allow for identification. This was the first non-bony crest discovered on a dinosaur. It closely matches the look of the Chinese beaked dragon.”

Want something closer to home? Try the drawing of the Anasazi Indians dating from 150 B.C. to 1200 A.D around what we now call Utah. More from the same article:

“One evolutionist writes, ‘There is a petroglyph in Natural Bridges National Monument that bears a startling resemblance to a dinosaur, specifically a Brontosaurus, with a long tail and neck, small head and all.’ (Barnes and Pendleton, Canyon Country Prehistoric Indians – Their Culture, Ruins, Artifacts and Rock Art, 1995.) Clearly a native warrior and an Apatosaur-like creature are depicted. Yet another Native American rock pictograph found in Utah seems to depict a sauropod dinosaur.”

Clearly, these pictures weren’t drawn by dinosaurs. Only people are known to have made such drawings in history. So, if dinosaurs were extinct millions of years before people ever showed up, how did these people draw such uncanny resemblances of dinosaurs? Answer: dinosaurs were around alongside mankind. Because the earth is not millions of years old. Only 6000, give or take. Men saw dinosaurs and dinosaurs saw men.

Yet again, there goes evolution, millions of years, etc. Back to the bible people.

Follow the link above to the entire article. It has a lot more detail than I offer here. As I always say when reporting interesting articles to you; look at it. Read it for yourself.

Free Speech

“All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful.”   I Corinthians 6:12

My first acting role as a college freshman was a small bit part in The Importance of being Earnest. This was in the 70’s, and the school I was at was still stuck in the 60’s. One over-aged hippie in the show enjoyed his self-righteous pronouncements and his Jesus jokes. One evening in the makeup room, he was going after it, and I was through listening to it. I asked him nicely to knock off the Jesus jokes, and his laughing reply was “Freedom of speech, man!”

I told him the Founding Fathers wrote in that right to ensure an even-handed political process. Freedom of speech is freedom of political expression, not freedom to be offensive. Shamed, he hardly said a word off stage the rest of the night. I never heard another Jesus joke out of him.

The memory of that from so many years ago came rushing back to me in response to the shooting in Texas at the cartoon contest. Pamela Geller, 56, president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (a questionable name at best, considering her actions) is framing it as a free speech issue. It is not. It is an issue of being offensive.

I am not sympathetic to the Muslim murderous responses to anyone they feel has smeared their prophet. All the same, I see no reason to go baiting them. It’s stupid, it’s adding fuel to an already burning conflagration. She had to know she’d get a violent reaction, even if she didn’t suspect murder. All the same, I lay all of those deaths at her feet. Innocent people died for her hubris. I doubt it is even remotely possible to charge her, but she bears responsibility all the same.

She claims freedom of speech, a lawful expression. Well, it may be lawful, but it was not helpful. If St. Paul, a Roman citizen with sweeping rights and a “Pharisee of Pharisees” knows to curb his rights in the pursuit of peace and God’s Word, who is anyone – ever – to claim rights and use them to offend?

She said that inoffensive speech needs no protection. Offensive speech is what needs protection.

What? While I may inadvertently offend someone in the course of a debate, such conversations must be held with civility. Deliberately saying or doing something that is calculated to offend needs to be curbed! Being offensive for its own sake is not proper, not American, and not Christian.

We have these rights, but it is incumbent upon each of us to exercise them responsibly and with consideration for our fellow citizens, whether of the USA or the world.

Forest & Second

3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. 4 For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. 5 Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake.”   Romans 13:3-5

Forest & Second in Downtown Detroit, MI. That’s where I lived in a slum apartment for two and a half years as I went to graduate school at Wayne State University. I did not turn on the lights when I came home from the theatre at night. Why? I didn’t particularly like watching the roaches run for the cracks when I turned them on.

The bath tub had hot & cold running sludge, so I bought a portable shower from Sears, a garden hose, and adapter. I ran the garden hose from the kitchen sink fifteen feet away to run the shower. I was always careful to be sure the water was plenty hot. It wasn’t like I could just reach over to adjust the temperature mid-shower.

A friend of mine was one of those all-American guys; exceptionally good-looking, a gymnastics background and the accompanying physique. He only tried to go running in the area once. He had to outrun the prostitutes who tried to chase him down – “He’s MINE!!”

I sarcastically called where we lived The Entertainment District with its ready supply of sex and drugs. It’s also the area that was overrun with the race riots in the 60’s. It could still be a dangerous place.

I never had a problem down there. I kept my head on a swivel, walked with purpose, and always stayed away from crowds I couldn’t define. Crowds in that environment could mean trouble as easily as not.

I drive for a living, being in outside sales. I’ve had a couple Mickey Mouse traffic stops that either saw me sent on my way or just a warning. I was always very submissive, even if I thought the stop was ludicrous, because police do not bear the sword…or the 9MM… in vain.

So I look at what’s been going on in Baltimore this past week and shake my head. If you don’t want trouble with the police, make nice. Even if they are harassing you, which no doubt happens. Don’t give them a reason to take it further. PROVE THEM WRONG by submitting to authority, even when misused. It is not a contest you are going to win, so don’t even step in the ring.

The riots? I remember what a farmer I once knew told me – and please pardon the language, but it loses something when watered down: “Don’t shit where you eat.”

You might wonder how I put up with the roaches at Forest & Second back in the day. I kept my place as clean as possible. The kitchen was spotless ASAP after every meal. Any food not in the fridge was kept in sealed containers. Organic food waste was put in a plastic bag to be taken out the next time I left the apartment (I recycled the bread bags). I kept my act clean and together.

I went one whole summer without seeing a single roach. How? The apartment next door was empty and I stayed clean. I saw my first roach in months when some slobs moved in that fall.

It’s pretty simple, really. Conduct yourself with purpose and dignity. Have goals that are (currently) beyond where you are now. Keep your head up, both for awareness of your surroundings and self-respect. Follow the rules. Don’t go with the crowd. Don’t even get very close. Respect authority, even if it is abused. At least you’ll stay under the radar. Overall, keep yourself clean, both physically and morally.

Just follow these basic principles, and your life can go along fairly well. Even if your current address is Forest & Second.

Family, Fame, & Fortune

“But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”   1 Timothy 5:8

If you’ve read my blog for a while, you’ll know that I started as a classically trained stage actor. In the days before fame hit, I worked with Tom Hanks at The Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival in Cleveland (Lakewood, actually, back then). In Detroit I also worked with Tom Sizemore. Therein lies the ying and the yang, so to speak, of the world of fame and fortune.

Tom Hanks was a great guy when I knew him. His good guy reputation is well-deserved. I’ve seen nothing in performance or interviews to tell me he’s changed. He’s weathered world-wide fame. I couldn’t’ help having some jealous tinges when he recently was given a lifetime achievement award at the Kennedy Center. They really went all out for him. And he deserved it. I couldn’t help wondering if, with different choices, I couldn’t have been there too.

But I know me. I know I could have gone over to the “dark side.” That’s Tom Sizemore. I liked the guy in Detroit. I’ve been saddened by his troubles and heartened by his recent pull out of his nose dive. I wish him well and pray for him.

Other actors I’ve worked with on stage have told me their experiences in LA. I assure you the casting couch is very real, and it’s for the guys as well as the gals. Drugs? Oh, yeah! I think I was about the only guy who never smoked pot, let alone all of the other stuff available as you rise in the ranks.

Why didn’t I make it? What choices did I make that took me down the other fork in the road from those guys? Well, Julie and I were going to move to Chicago to get started in my acting career. However, she was pregnant one short month after our wedding. I could see no way that I could ask her to leave family and friends and go through pregnancy and single motherhood while I chased a dream. That’s to say nothing of steady income and benefits.

I don’t resent my choices. I love my family, and I love that my kids still talk to me into their adulthood. I never got on that well with my parents. That’s worth something. I chose to put family first. When I get those woulda-coulda-shoulda pangs, I remind myself that I’ve got a faulty perception. I’m not thinking about the price of both Toms’ successes. Even Hanks has troubles with a drug-addled son. I’m guessing it’s maybe got something to do with all of the incredible projects he’s done over the years and maybe not being there all the time when that child needed him. Not condemning him, just seeing what could’ve been me with the problems as well as the accolades. You never know for sure.

I think God protected me from those ills. I was “famous” as an undergrad; a big fish in a small bowl, and I didn’t handle it well. I can only imagine what real fame could have done to me.

At the end of the day, when you might be thinking that you wish you might’ve done something else instead of sacrificing for your family, when you might be considering choosing for you instead of those kids and that spouse, think of the verse above. Act on the belief you profess. The reward is much greater, now and in eternity.

Feed It!

“For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food.”   Hebrews 5:12

Your soul is a living, breathing thing. It needs nourishment like any other living thing. Don’t settle for second best for your soul. Get the best. God’s Word!

Feed your soul. Feed it!

Ham-handed paraphrase of Scott’s lawn care. This, however, is today’s blinding glimpse of the obvious. How many of us read God’s Word daily? Sure, we go to church on Sunday. Only a fraction of those in church attend a bible class. Even fewer read and study God’s Word on their own.

What if you filled your body’s need for food as well as you answer the hunger of your soul? Now there’s a diet that might work! But that isn’t the way it’s supposed to be. Our bodies need food every day. So do our souls.

I started out just reading a daily devotion, Portals of Prayer put out by Concordia Publishing House. Every day I read the short verse, the selected Psalm, and the short thoughts regarding the verses for the day. I learned a lot doing that over the years. I was surprised that the Psalms were nowhere nearly as dry as I thought.

Most devotions, however, recycle the more familiar passages. Later in my spiritual growth, I started reading whole books of the bible, working on reading the whole thing cover to cover. It’s amazing how much more I learned!

With the debate over how old the earth is, I thought it would be an interesting exercise to make my own bible timeline from creation through the Gospels. I’m not yet done, but pouring over God’s Word for all of those clues has been an education.

Quick! How long was The Flood? Forty days and nights? Wrong! The waters rose for that long, but, door-to-door, so to speak, The Flood lasted just over a year. Noah and company were in the ark that long before stepping out on to dry land.

Try reading Revelation. Yeah, I know; the language is difficult, and the symbolism is intimidating in many cases. I gave that up years ago. Then I read some materials about The Olivet Discourse. That’s Jesus’ prophecy to His disciples – and us – about the events of the last days. That’s in Matthew 24. Give that a good read, get it firmly under your belt, then head for Revelation. I found it to be more open than I had thought.

When you get stuck, ask your pastor about the passage that stumps you. Maybe buy him lunch in exchange for some Bible talk! You might buy a good commentary on the Bible, but I would use that judiciously! Those commentaries may be flawed. They are not authoritative, God-breathed scripture. I have one I use sparingly, mostly looking for historical context. Interpretations I tend to take cautiously, testing it to see how it feels in light of overall scripture.

Remember that scripture interprets scripture! Are you concerned about the end times in light of current events? Are you wringing your hands? Buying guns? Stockpiling food? Reading your Bible? Check, check, check, and…oops!

C’mon, man! Feed your soul. FEED IT!

There Were Giants… Part 3

“There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.”   Genesis 6:4

Mysterious Stone Chambers & Giants Discovered in New England, A Lecture by Jim Vieira, stone mason and researcher. Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-4sI34aIZ0

This is a fascinating lecture by a professional stone mason who also has done a lot of research and site visits to ancient North American stone structures. Following is are a series of notes I took while watching the video, which I encourage you to watch in its entirety. I offer the following to whet your appetite. Most of it deals with the North American mound builders, but he concludes with evidence of giants being the builders.

Vieira starts out talking about the mound builders, the extent of their presence in North America, their apparent sophistication, and his first-hand observation of their building.

Judging from the mounds and other structures discovered, the range of these people commanded an area just under half of the North American continent. It extended from mid North Dakota all the way to the Gulf of Mexico and east to at least the Florida panhandle in the south the western parts of New York and Pennsylvania. So far, there are 200,000+ mounds and hills in this area.

There are similarities to the Aztecs. For example, there is a huge mound in Illinois. Its base covers a full 14 acres and is 100 feet high. Radiating out from there can be found remains of a massive city, both from ruins on the ground and the patterns discernable from satellite photographs. The cities and earthworks display a sound knowledge and application of geometric and mathematical principles.

Many of these mounds and structures show an orientation to astrological events as does Stonehenge in England. The Great Serpent Mound of Ohio is an example of several purposes in one structure. First, it is the largest effigy mound on earth, being in the shape of a living thing. Its orientation and shape can predict eclipses, a more difficult task I would think than the solstice orientations of Stonehenge. One other note on the Serpent Mound; it is built on one of the largest geo-magnetic anomalies on the planet. Vieira makes no interpretation of this.

Artifacts from the mound gives evidence of advanced metallurgy, specifically hardened copper. This is of note, as this empire shows having mined significant amounts of copper and spread its use throughout their territory. The copper also makes some interesting appearances in conjunction with giant skeletons. There are advanced astronomy observatories as well as a canal system, all speaking of an accomplished engineering population.

While not apparently part of the Mound Builders’ empire, there are similar sites in the American Southwest. Vieira suggests looking at The Orion Zone by Gary A. David

America’s Stonehenge is in Mystery Hill, NH. It is a 30 acre complex, occupied approximately from 2000BC to 100AD. There are a good 200 astrological alignments noted at this location. Something else that caught Vieira’s attention is that all of the stone structures are made without mortar. The stones are cut to fit together perfectly. Horizontal top pieces weigh in at thousands of pounds, the biggest many tons.

This is a common theme found at stone structures found through New England; stone cut to fit and built very solidly without mortar. The description reminds me of the great stone cathedrals of Europe and our own National Cathedral in Washington D.C. It’s literally their own weight that holds them together and makes them incredibly sound.

Scattered around New England are smaller structures that have been labeled “root cellars” by mainstream archeologists. Vieira asks the legitimate questions that belie this assumption. First, who would build difficult, complex stone structures like these for root cellars? Furthermore, why don’t they have doors? There is not even any structure that could have held a door. Did the builders not worry about raids from neighboring villages? Or even foraging animals?

Native American oral history speaks of another race that built all of this. Iron artifacts are found and large skeletal remains, the smallest of which starts at 6’6”. In the Lake Superior region, a giant skeleton was found, buried with a large copper tomahawk. Hardened copper, right?

At about the 37 minute mark, Vieira begins to segue into the subject of who really did all of this. He begins referring again to the Adena remains (remember them from previous installments?) He cites a number of early sources before the museums began to clamp down on this information.

From The History of Deerfield, 1895:

“One of these skeletons was described to me by Henry Mather who saw it as being of monstrous size. The head was as big as a peck basket with double teeth all round.” (it) was examined by Dr. Stephen Williams who said the owner must have been nearly 8 feet high.” History of Deerfield, 1895, pg 78.

Even Abraham Lincoln knew of the giant skeletons. He referred to them when he visited Niagara Falls. “…(an) Extinct species of giant, whose bones filled the mounds of America, have gazed on Niagara as our eyes do now,’ Abraham Lincoln 1848.

Finds of giant skeletons were recorded by the New York Times in the late 1800 and early 1900’s.

There were reports of giant skeletons in copper armor in “A Tradition of Giants” from 1883.

There are many counts of thick jaws with double rows of teeth, top & bottom.

These have been known by the Smithsonian from early days. Smithsonian has 18,000 skeletons in its inventory that no one can look at. They also claim many go missing when asked for in particular.

Again, as in my series on The Exodus Case and Ken Hamm’s Already Gone, it is important that we understand the bible as a true history of the earth and to see connections in the world to what the bible tells us, whether The Flood, The Exodus, or giants.

I would encourage you to follow the link to the video at the top of this entry. It’s only an hour long, and Vieira is a compelling speaker due to his own knowledge of stone building, math, geometry, and more.

I’ve tried to keep this short series focused on decent research. I know there are alien theories and the rest, but I would encourage you to not let that affect your evaluation of the calmer voices on this subject.

There Were Giants… Part 2

“There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.”   Genesis 6:4

First, when it comes to researching something like this, I try to be discriminating. Google “Giants” and you’ll find a wide variety of sources, from scientifically written papers on archeological finds to Ancient Aliens and claims of connections with UFO’s. I am limiting myself to the former here, although I do read the others both for entertainment value and on the off-chance I’ll find some small nugget of information that’ll spark a different line of thought or a source I had not yet found.

Mound builders. I was born and raised in Toledo, OH and spent most of my life there. The Indian mounds in Ohio are very well known, particularly the serpent mounds. One thing that was always at the back of my mind is the question of why they have not been investigated like other archeological sites. I eventually assumed that they wanted to preserve the site in its natural state and not disturb it. It seems I was wrong.

Let’s start with an article by Mary Sutherland: Giants of Ohio and the Mound Builders. Here’s the link for your reference: http://www.burlingtonnews.net/ohiogiants.html

The first notice of giants on Ohio dates to 1829 with the find of giant skeleton in a mound that was being used for material to build a hotel in Chesterville, OH (NE of Columbus just off I-71). The skeleton found there had a skull which “…could have easily fit over a normal man’s head with no difficulty.” It also had a lot more teeth than we do. As you read more and possibly start researching this yourself, you’ll find that double rows of teeth are a common feature of giant skeletons. Six fingers and toes also are a recurring feature.

The Bates Mound in Seneca Township, Noble County, almost due east of Columbus, yielded three giant skeletons, the shortest being eight feet tall. These also had double rows of teeth.

Now, you might be thinking that giant skeletons are pretty rare finds. We’ve never really heard of them, right? There are no news headlines these days trumpeting fantastic finds. Contrary to that assumption, giant skeletons abound.

In 1878 more giants were discovered in the mounds at Ashtabula County in Ohio. The first find there by one Peleg Sweet had a skull he could fit over his head. Further digging revealed upwards of 2000 skeletons! While the article indicates they were not all giants, “Many of the skeletons found were of gigantic proportions.”

Indian legends tell of at least two races of giants. There were Archaics, Adenas, and the Ronnongwetowanca. The latter were known for constantly raiding and killing the Tuscorora Indians for many years. According to a descendant of the Tuscororas in 1825, his ancestors finally decided to end the raids once and for all. Assembling a force of 800 warriors, they attacked and defeated the larger but outnumbered Ronnongwetowancas.

He also notes this happened “2500 winters before Columbus arrived in America.” That puts it at around 1000 BC.

In 1883, the Scientific American published an article about an old cemetery on the bluffs near the meeting of the Hart and Missouri rivers. It covers every bit of 100 acres. The skeletons are of giants. “The ground has the appearance of having been filled with trenches piled full of dead bodies, both man and beast, and covered with several feet of earth.” The mounds are 8-10 feet high and 100 feet and more in length. It has the overall feel of a great battlefield where thousands of men fell. This 1883 article says there is another similar site 5 miles above this site on the opposite side of the Missouri River, as yet unexplored at that time.

Obviously, there is ample evidence in hard archeological finds, supported by Indian oral histories. This begs the question, why is this not part of the story we hear in archeology, in evolution, in our history? It’s been deliberately covered up. Again from Mary Sutherland’s article:

“Modern day archaeology and anthropology have literally sealed the doors to the true history of our ancestors. Archeological discoveries have become a one way door. What was discovered went to the Smithsonian Institute and others like it where the contents have been virtually sealed off to all but the elite few. But by digging through the archives of old newspapers, remaining documents, diaries and Indian legends we can form some idea as to what laid in our past.”

Why? The apparent answer seems to be that modern science has a vested interest in keeping the evolution theory alive. Why? To discredit the Bible and God. Recall the Time Magazine quote from my first post on this topic: “Yet despite more than a century of digging, the fossil record remains maddeningly sparse. With so few clues, even a single bone that doesn’t fit into the picture can upset everything.”

Hundreds of giant skeletons would certainly upset the evolutionists’ apple cart and their agenda.

And there is yet more to come, because “There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward…”