Two Roads

Raptureby Deana Chadwell3/4/15
with Apologies to Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a dangerous time
And sorry we could no longer pretend
And be steadfast, on an upward climb
And hold our place – a nation prime
Boasting freedom until the end…

Netanyahu’s speech didn’t set this off – this do-or-die, crossroads feeling, but it certainly solidified my reasoning.  I find I’m no longer thinking in terms of elections – the one in 2012 didn’t get us anywhere; in fact, the conservative, true-America contingent has suffered some saddening blows lately – the amnesty memo, the royal banning of popular ammunition, the continuing muddle of the Unaffordable Care Act.

It appears that most of Washington must run on a lethal mix of bribery and blackmail; surely common sense and the welfare of the country play little part in it. We know we have the goods on Hillary for Benghazi, for illegal contributions, and now for using a secret e-mail account while she was in charge of the State Department, but I see little possibility that she will pay for these crimes – she’s more likely to be elected president.

Obama is blatantly traitorous – printing, as Ted Cruz says, counterfeit work-permits for illegal aliens, creating law out of thin air, and very few speak of stopping him. He’s aiding and abetting our enemies and deserting our allies. People sound puzzled and disturbed, but no one important is using the word treason.[pullquote]I am, with great sadness of heart, realizing that America, much like the Mosaic Law, was a demonstration of man’s inability to solve his own problems[/pullquote]

The IRS doesn’t seem to be in any hurry to solve the mystery of its egregious harassment of Tea Party groups. HHS isn’t going to do a mea culpa over Obamacare. The EPA is still screaming about global warming in spite of the lack of sun spot activity and the resultant record low temperatures and stacking snowfall. The FCC just decided to take over the Internet and no real uproar happened. Teachers are quitting right and left over the anti-education Common Core demands, but only a few possible presidential candidates seem to be concerned about it.

If you’re reading this, you are already aware of how hopeless things are right now. My main point in writing is not to complain some more; it’s to say that I’m beginning to think that we’ve been there and done that and it’s time to take another course; it may be just plain too late for human solutions.

We wandered off into forest thick
With tangled thorns and vampire bats;
A shortcut said to take us quick
To paradise, all sweet and slick,
But all we found was the Cheshire cat. 

The 19th century Frenchman, de Tocqueville, greatly admired the road our forefathers had taken. He praised the level of education and engagement of the common man, the level of dedication to Christian principles. He warned that if we’re not careful, if we strayed from our moral values, took the wrong path, we’d give way to the temptation of voting ourselves a living, thereby walking right back into slavery. That appears to be the very road we’re on, and it’s a road with two deep ruts: one worn by the tens of millions of disengaged, illiterate people dependent on that government money, and by the gargantuan bureaucracies that make the largesse possible — bureaucracies that have grown more powerful than the three legitimate branches of government. No wonder the Constitution no longer has any sway.

We’d had two maps to lead us forth,
To guide us through the maze of time
But they were old – convicting crimes,
Insisting that we head on north
Instead of south to easier climes

So if the road called Maybe-we-can-fix-this, is so hopelessly mired, what does the other road look like? That other road is where I plan to put my further efforts. I am, with great sadness of heart, realizing that America, much like the Mosaic Law, was a demonstration of man’s inability to solve his own problems, of his likelihood of deserting God and trying to go it alone. God has provided all a nation could possibly need for success, but we’ve blown it.

You see, I doubt there’s time to fix this mess, and, like the Pharisees in Matthew 12, we may well have pushed past the point of no return. Once we hit that moment, nothing can alter the sentence placed upon us.

So, we can watch the news and think politics or we can watch the news and think, as the Bible would have us do, of the ancient prophecies and of how much sense they now make.

The Apostle Paul told Timothy to, “Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth,” (2 Timothy 2:15). This is the command to follow – “Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm,” (Ephesians 6:13) Is this “the evil day?” ISIS just killed a boy and then forced his mother to eat his cooked body. Yes, I’d say so. Is all-out war on the horizon? Obviously.

And where are we on God’s calendar? Most people, I fear, think of Bible prophecy as either nonsense or too vague and convoluted to follow, but if we study with open hearts and take advantage of the serious scholars* whose work is readily available, we should be able to figure it out. After all, God has told us to watch for the signs, to be ready for the last days. Why would He give such a command if it weren’t possible?

My own recent studies have brought me to the conclusion that prophecy discussions too often leave out two very important pieces of biblical information: the Jewish holidays and mathematics – the mathematics of astronomy and the plain arithmetic of time.

The Biblical patterns are astounding, as is the clockwork movement of heavenly bodies and the messages they send.  “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to separate the day from the night; and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and for years, and let them be lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light upon the earth,” (Genesis 1:14).

I’m going to concentrate on studying these aspects of the Bible – it will make more sense than current political tangles. I hope you’ll join me.

Now I’m telling this with a sigh,
Admitting that we have wandered far
When with the maps we didn’t comply
And took the road oft travelled by
Refusing to follow our holy star.


*Prophesy Scholars

Tim Lahaye – Charting the End Times
Dan Matson – Israel, the Handwriting on the World
Mark Biltz  — El Shaddai Ministries
Arnold Fruchtenbaum — Ariel.org
Robbie Dean — Dean Bible Ministries
Chuck Missler — Rapture Ready


Deana Chadwell blogs at ASingleWindow.com.
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About Deana Chadwell

I have spent my life teaching young people how to read and write and appreciate the wonder of words. I have worked with high school students and currently teach writing at Pacific Bible College in southern Oregon. I have spent more than forty years studying the Bible, theology, and apologetics and that finds its way into my writing whether I’m blogging about my experiences or my opinions. I have two and a half moldering novels, stacks of essays, hundreds of poems, some which have won state and national prizes. All that writing — and more keeps popping up — needs a home with a big plate glass window; it needs air; it needs a conversation.
I am also an artist who works with cloth, yarn, beads, gourds, polymer clay, paint, and photography. And I make soap.

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12 Responses to Two Roads

  1. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    As the late Mariner play-by-play man Dave Niehaus used to say, “Swung on and belted.” I think you got all of that one, Deana.

    We can’t help but engage in a little bit of circle jerking as we vent our frustrations about the lawlessness and malevolence that is becoming widespread in Western Civilization. We talk to those relative few who have even a chance to understand what we’re saying. And those numbers are likely decreasing.

    I’m as proud as a peach (peach?) at Bibi and his speech. But what can I say? Who can I say it to where it will make a difference? So many times I therefore say nothing. And as much as I like a good rant, it doesn’t seem to do much good. As loudly as one shouts “The Emperor has no clothes!” no on seems to hear, see, or care.

    Whether Bible prophesy and end times enter into any of this, I don’t know. But cause-and-effect certainly will. And we see the causes of a whole lot of ill effects right now. Like you, I believe:

    You see, I doubt there’s time to fix this mess, and, like the Pharisees in Matthew 12, we may well have pushed past the point of no return. Once we hit that moment, nothing can alter the sentence placed upon us.

    And like you, I believe (in my own way):

    Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm

    In this vapid, shallow, entertainment-based culture that thinks “morals” are only the things that the Jesus Freaks try to hamper us with, the rank-and-file of America no longer has what it takes to deal with simple issues, let alone complex ones. And any useful righteous indignation against these ills gets bled away and wasted by a Republican Party who is nearly as hostile to core American values as the Left is. They just smile better and salute the flag with photo-op regularity.

    Why do I have this web site? Well, the truth is, just like the Blues Brothers, I’m on a mission from God. I realize how large the stakes are. And to sit back and do nothing with whatever little talent I have would be to not “have done everything, to stand firm.” And I put this out there for others to make use of. If I can’t crack the code of ignorance and delusion that Progressivism has shackled people with, maybe someone else can.

    • One of your best comments yet, Brad. You can have no idea how much all of us “thinkers” appreciate having the conversations we have here. It’s no doubt keeping us all sane.

      I have grown weary of pointing out the fatal flaws of current western civilization, but I feel strongly the impulse to understand and explain where this is all going, since it seems hell-bent on going where it’s going. To heck with where I think things are heading — where does God know it’s going? d

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        Thanks, Deana. And dare I risk saying something else or should I quit while I’m ahead. 😀

        There are several fractures in our country. And your article reminded me of this once again. I would say upon some reflection that the first and most important is regarding this:

        #1: There is a god.

        And although our duties and responsibilities may be vague, this opens up an entire dimension to our lives. Context is everything. Without it we are just babies rattling our rattles because we like the stimulation.

        One of the worst ideas foisted on us is the idea that our lives are ultimately purposeless and that we are nothing more than a random and undirected smattering of matter.

        Why people want to believe this would make for an interesting study. Partly it is in response to those on the opposite end of the scale who said they knew precisely what our purpose is, and what the overall plan is, and thus to deviate from it is to commit some kind of violation (punishable by all sorts of things). (This reflects the totalitarian fundamentalism of Islam, for instance.)

        Any good and true principle can be taken to an extreme and corrupted and made a destructive force, including “There is a god.” But even though the supposed excesses of the Judeo-Christian religion have been ginned up quite substantially and intentionally, I don’t think that’s the drawing power of secularism/atheism.

        I think it’s where people will naturally go when one’s aspirations are lowered and life becomes little more than an entertainment console. Water will tend to find its own level. And the lowered water of the minds, hearts, and souls of those diminished by secularism/atheism are the freest minds on the planet while being severely burdened by trivialities, inanities, and superficialities. When you lower the truly sacred to nothing, people will tend to elevate the profane and trivial in its place. Materialists, in essence, are trying to load too much into things (vacations, gender-equality, environmentalism, even art) than these things can safely hold. They make idols out of matter and say that those who believe in a God are somehow mentally damaged.

        • Pst4usa says:

          Even to those of us not qualified to be called one of the thinkers here, I too appreciate the thoughtfulness of most of the columns that I have read on this site, this one being a prime example. Wonderful article Ms. Chadwell.
          Brad I must add something about why we are in this situation and the educational/industrial indoctrination complex we are saddled with, fear; and I will tie that into your comment, “Water will tend to find its own level.” This was an emperor’s new clothes moment for me, in an argument I had with a world’s leading Phd chemist. The company I worked for had hired him to help with a plating problem we were having.
          This guy, after a few weeks of studying our process and tens of thousands of dollars spent on him, stands in front of the board of directors, managers and other interested parties, and proudly announces that the problem we have is that the water in our plating tanks is not level. Now me, not being educated, and barely able to read, sitting in the back, wondered when one of these well educated leaders of the corporation were going to ask the stupid question of how in the hell were we able to get the water out of level in the first place? Seeing as how “Water will tend to find its own level.”
          Anyone? Hello, anyone? Not one person dared question this guy, he’s an expert, Phd! Fear had overcome reason. Well seeing as though I was not overly impressed, I had to ask, and was told I just would not understand.
          So although, I agree with the article and the responses, I cannot allow fear to force me to give up the fight, so I will continue to ask the stupid questions of a simple guy. When we get upset because the politicians do not do what we think they should do, (or as I frequently hear lately, they don’t listen to us), I must ask how may times have they heard from you? E-mails? Phone calls? Letters? Most of the time the answer is none, or close to none; so then, to that I must say that the silence is deafening, because the enemy is not silent. And he will have his way with weak politicians every time.
          Wasn’t it Thomas Aquinas that said something like, Pray like every thing depends on God. Work like everything depends on you.

          • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

            I must ask how may times have they heard from you? E-mails? Phone calls? Letters?

            Literally hundreds of times. This includes local politicians as well.

            • Pst4usa says:

              That is excellent Mr. Zu. Thank you for doing that, but the answer is most often, when folks are being honest, is few to none.

          • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

            I must ask how may times have they heard from you? E-mails? Phone calls? Letters?

            Pat, it might be a good idea for someone to create a primer for taking action. I think it’s true that conservatives have to become activists to some extent.

            It would therefore make sense if someone wanted to create a concise guide for how to contact your elected official (or unelected bureaucracy). Obviously I’m talking about a guide, not a directory. I wouldn’t expect that one could compile all those emails and addresses. But perhaps a rough guide of what steps to follow…and certainly there are a few common web sites for contacting the U.S. House and Senate, for example, that could be explicitly listed. And it might be helpful to have some familiarity of what to expect. Can one really expect anything than a standard form letter as a response? Is it difficult to get through the gatekeepers and talk right with your elected official? What kinds of things should one say?

            Other than calls and letters, are there some things a person should know if he or she plans on attending city council meetings or other governmental functions? I think from having known of your experiences doing just that, it’s a bit intimidating. Frankly, one is faced (on both sides of the aisle) with an unstated arrogance and assumption that “We know best.” One gets the impression that they are listening to you merely because they have to, that their druthers would be to dispense with public input altogether. And certainly one typically is walking into a lion’s den when talking to a roomful of politicians, of either party, but especially regarding the Left. This is a foreign species, for all intents and purposes, in regards to how they think and what assumptions they hold.

            How does one talk to the rank-and-file from the other side, the normal man on the street? I know you’ve done that, literally. You told me of an incident at a Glenn Beck rally where you crossed the street and spent over an hour talking to one of the activists on the Left behind a picket line. What does one say? What can one hope to achieve?

            If one or more people want to get together to produce this primer or guide, then contact me so such efforts can be coordinated, if desirable. If it’s good, I’ll give it a permanent place here.

            • Pst4usa says:

              I will write something up and send it to you, I will be doing this very thing to hand out to my students in the Constitution class next Saturday. It will be specific to my district and city, but the idea is the same everywhere.
              To answer how you talk to the other side, first grow your skin thickness, because you are going to be verbally assaulted, not to worry, the left is just a bunch of cowards and unless you are vastly out numbered they will not act out on their threats.
              The best thing is to ask a few questions about what their philosophy looks like in the end and hope the light bulb comes on at some point. Or like a Christian Apologist, to place a pebble in their shoe for them to think about.
              You most likely cannot win an argument with someone who does not engage in discussion, just goes into childish attack mode, but just seeing that glimmer of a thought forming, for the first time in a long time for most of them is really exciting. I admit it is not very easy to do.
              But if you think back to Reagan and the malaise,(Carter’s word), that America was in, the high gas prices and shortage of supplies, the 19% interest rate the inflation rate, all these things were bad, but Reagan made us thing that it could go another way, we started to question the left and their agenda, well I don’t see a Ronald Reagan on the horizon, but if enough of us start doing the same for/to the left and the useful idiots as well, there is a chance.

              • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

                That sounds great, Pat. It seems it was an opportune time to be thinking of something like this.

                Yes, I guess planting that seed is probably what might be initially most important. One will likely never know if it’s taken root. But such seeds might.

              • Timothy Lane says:

                To win an argument requires two things: a better argument than your opponent’s, and an opponent sufficiently open-minded to realize it and sufficiently honest to admit it. This is why one can almost never win an argument with a liberal.

  2. Timothy Lane says:

    I have to hope that Revelation is wrong because otherwise it does look like the End Times, with Bill Clinton as the Great Whore of Babylon, the Black God as the Antichrist, and the liberal movement as the Beast (I figure the 666 refers to the key figures of the Unholy Trinity of activists, newsliars, and rulers). Corruption has been rife in DC before (the Gilded Age, for example), but there was at least some opposition to it, some honesty here and there — and corrupt as our rulers were, they were at least on our side.

  3. GHG says:

    Deana, I couldn’t agree more, sadly. I believe we, as a nation, and hence Western Civilization has passed the point of no return. We are seeing unfathomable evil carried out by ISIS and other Islamic terrorists, but that in and of itself is nothing new as evil has relentlessly marched through history. But what makes it worse now is that the guarantor of human freedom has gone over to the other side. America was that guarantor for the last 100+ years and now it is not. America is still going through death throes but I believe we, as a people, have passed that point where we can put Humpty Dumpty back together again.

    Who will stand against evil? Certainly we as individuals can, albeit it in a limited way. But once America surrendered her mission to protect individual freedom, we have been made impotent. And much like after Delilah had shorn Samson’s hair, we are left with only one recourse and that’s to beseech God to save His people.

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