What I'll be sharing in this brief series complements what I've written about the Olympics on theopenscroll.com. I'll be offering some insight on the Olympics in general, their five-ringed logo, and the Olympic Cauldrons used in Vancouver. I noticed symbolic elements presented during the ceremonies of the Winter Games in Vancouver but nothing on the scale of what I observed from the recent Summer Games in Beijing. I suspect this is due to the importance of timing in the practice of pagan and occult ritual. The year 2010 does not seem to be particularly important in the schedule of their primary agendas. In contrast, Beijing's in 2008 was huge, and London's in 2012 might be unparalleled!
The Olympics are a pagan religious festival, first and foremost. While sports and competition are important, and most of the world chooses to focus on that limited perspective, it's undeniably a pagan vehicle for the promotion of the worship of Zeus. It's an effectual instrument used to unite the people of the world's most powerful nations.
Some view the worship of Zeus and/or the uniting of the nations as good and noble but, biblically and truthfully, it is idolatry and rebellion against the one true God. When the world is eventually united under the messianic King, the son of the one true God, Y'shua, it will be a very good thing! However, the goal of the IOC is to unite the world under the headship of another, Zeus, also known as Lucifer. This plan features the Beast and his mark (of Revelation 13), as presented in an eye-opening series of writings titled Olympic Ceremony Symbolism.
The story of what happens when the IOC's goal (really, Satan's goal) of uniting the people of the world is realized is found in Revelation 19.
19) And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies assembled to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army.
20) And the beast was seized, and with him the false prophet who performed the signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image; these two were thrown alive into the lake of fire which burns with brimstone.
21) And the rest were killed with the sword which came from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse, and all the birds were filled with their flesh.
Although peace is claimed to be an objective of the IOC, it should be understood that it's only an intermediate objective: War is ultimately purposed. An army is in training. Some insight can be gleaned by considering the man who's largely responsible for the revival of the Olympics in the modern era, Pierre de Coubertin.
"But while de Coubertin was certainly a romantic, and while his idealized vision of ancient Greece would lead him later to the idea of reviving the Olympic Games, his advocacy for physical education was based on practical concerns as well. He believed that men who received physical education would be better prepared to fight in wars, and better able to win conflicts like the Franco-Prussian War, in which France had been humiliated." (Wikipedia entry for Pierre de Coubertin)
An army trained up in the spirit of Olympism is one that serves an ideal that surpasses mere nationalism, like the global U.N. "Peacekeepers." According to the language of Revelation 19, "the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies" prepare to wage war on on a global scale against the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and his hosts. This is in the heart of the pagan IOC.
The successful efforts of the Jesuit trained Pierre de Coubertin to unite the world compare very closely to those of Nicholas Roerich who, instead of sport, leveraged cultural elements of the national entities to promote his unifying occult "peace" agenda.
While that's all a big "minus," there is a plus side of the Olympics for the saints; the vivid example of the disciplined Olympian athlete.
24) Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.
25) Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.
1 Corinthians 9:24-25
The level of passion and commitment exhibited by a disciplined and well trained Olympian athlete is inspiring. I pray you will follow their example, but in pursuit of the imperishable wreath!
To be continued, Lord willing.