Most folks have heard the news about the burning of the 62 foot tall "Touchdown Jesus" in Monroe, Ohio late in the evening Monday June 14. (see video) The evangelical Christians are generally sad and the pagans and atheists, etc, are generally glad. Me, I might be amused except for it being a serious prophetic sign. What does it mean? I will begin with the second commandment, which, as you may have noticed, appears frequently in this blog.
You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth.
Take a look at this picture of the statue before it was struck by lightning and burned. By what argument does Touchdown Jesus not qualify as such a likeness? The statue qualifies, the cross qualifies, and the label "INRI" qualifies! While there's a lotta qualifin' - there's a whole lotta justifyin'! This is not "rocket surgery," or "brain science," folks. Ask any child young enough to still think for themselves and honest enough to speak their mind. Do you see how this image itself is even high in the sky (in heaven above) and "on the earth beneath" AND "in the water under the earth"?
And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?
The Lord our judge will have the last word on this matter of idolatry and spiritual adultery. Those who identify themselves as the "Solid Rock Church" or with such as them should be familiar with that verse, since a solid rock is the very subject of the verses that follow it.
46) And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?
47) Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like:
48) He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.
49) But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.
While my Lord Y'shua is the solid rock, it's those who hear His sayings AND DO THEM who found their houses upon it, not those who hear His sayings and build and honor graven images like Touchdown Jesus, the cross and the titular label INRI.
What does it mean that lightning struck and burned the idol to the ground? Such a thing not too long ago would have been referred to as an act of God. Calling it so doesn't make it so, but the question is, was this the handiwork of the Lord God? I believe so, that this is truly a sign of judgment!
For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
1 Peter 4:17
There's no question that this event is recognized as occurring "at the house of God," which was even damaged by the flaming idol torched by the lightning. With the image of Jesus posed as a referee signaling a touchdown, doesn't it speak to you of Y'shua as the one exercising His authority to make a judgment? This call isn't signaling a touchdown for the saints, though.
I believe the sign is that the Lord's mercy upon those who claim and feign obedience is now being withdrawn. This sign was very evident to those who see with their physical eyes, striking the graven image and destroying it, bringing judgment against the symbol that stood in flagrant rebellion against His command. So much for the fate of graven images, eh? See this and recognize a prophetic sign. Most folks won't read this blog. You are. This is for you.
Now, I'd like to consider another facet of the sign. On the news article published by The Sacramento Bee the popular reader comment is fitting, which simply reads: "Zeus wins." You remember Zeus, right? Thunderbolt god, had his Pergemonon Altar "throne of Satan" moved to Berlin and honored by Hitler and Obama, got the getaway car featured outside the med center in NCR.com's old "soul capture" marketing scene - ringing any bells yet? Right, yeah, the Olympic star. So, the picture is, Zeus hurls a thunderbolt at his arch nemesis, Touchdown Jesus (TJ), at the big game in the stadium and ZZZZZZZZZZZZZAAAAAAP! TJ goes up in flames. Zeus wins. Pagans rule. Jesus people are losers. That's a popular take on it. It may sound silly to some, but pagans get stuff, they are not generally stupid, and this kind of thing speaks to them. We do well to let it speak to us, but hear what it really means. The saints will be given over for serious abuse. VERY. SERIOUS. ABUSE. It has always worked this way. Check your Bible history.
Here's another facet of the sign. That TJ was like Jesus Barabbas, a substitute Jesus. Yes, the antichrist Beast. Take another good look at TJ. The revelation of Y'shua HaMashiach came to apostle John and he ...and saw a beast rise up out of the sea... (Revelation 13:1). Touchdown Jesus is now a blackened steel skeleton. The fire revealed him as the man of steel (Superman - arms in the sky - "Up up and away!") and exposed his skeleton, the hidden man of bones; both, symbols of the Beast! Search this blog for superman and then for bones and see the background for this symbolic meaning.
On a final note, one article noted, "The lightning strike set the statue ablaze around 11:15 p.m. Monday, Monroe police dispatchers said." I suspect the time was 11:11, because signs are precise and rich with detail. When Obama signed the infamous "health reform" bill he used 22 pens, 11 from each of two boxes. Why? the legislation was a pretext for bringing death, for fulfilling Satan's depopulation and repopulation agendas. The infamous events of 9/11 were heavily marked with "11" features. You see, "11" is the number representing grass (gematria) and flesh, symbolic of the frailty and temporary nature of man in our present physical bodied state.
A voice says, 'Cry out!' And I said, 'What shall I cry?' All people are grass, their constancy is like the flower of the field.
For, 'All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall,'
I Peter 1:24
What I'm going to testify here about the 11+11 (or 22) relates to many similar signs. Whether the lightning struck at exactly 11:11, I don't know, but whether it did or not, the meaning of 11+11 is evident. Two is the number meaning division. Two elevens signifies dividing the flesh, separating, cutting, which brings it to death, the flesh and the life of the flesh passing away. The fiberglass and foam flesh of TJ was burned away. Such an end as that is what comes at the cross, not at some altar facing a graven image cross like the one labeled INRI, but the cross assigned to you by the Lord Himself. Do you die daily, like the apostle Paul? Are you taking up your cross, accepting the sacrifice of YOUR life? If not, what response should you hear when you cry out, Lord, Lord?