ZADOK PUBLICATIONS MONTHLY NEWSLETTER
April 1, 2013
"Nothing is but what is not."
(Notice to the Reader: The purpose of this month's newsletter is a bit different than previous works. I have chosen a simple Museum advertisement to show the degree and depth mass media is willing to go in order to re-write history, transform the minds of its public and radicalize thought. It is now necessary to question the minutest of materials before accepting its premises.)
2 Tim 4:3-5
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but ...
they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to (myth and illusion) fables.
Shakespeare rightly said, "Nothing is but what is not (MacBeth)." The playwright knew the ways of propaganda and why one must ask the constant question, "What is the real intent of this broadcast, this play, this sitcom, this news release, this article, this book, this sermon, this presentation, this government program?" These are places where underlying stimuli may constitute a greater impact than the apparent surface material. Sad, but true, Mr. Shakespeare was correct, "nothing is (these days) but what is not."
The Bard's observation is never more true than with mass media. Seemingly, there is an agenda coincident with every report, observation or editorial script. The degree of deception is so great, it penetrates every level of visual and auditory medium.
As the Biblical character, Lot, was grieved by what he saw around him, so our own hearts are tormented as each day brings new assaults on truth, both present and past.
Currently, there is a huge effort to re-write history. Propagandists in Communist countries have used this method on many occasions. Whether it comes through the subtle processes of public education or the constant bombardment surrounding the media saturated citizenry, one is amazed at the complexity of it and the rapid acceptance of its tenets. Regardless of the title, it is what it is, propaganda. Twisting truth for the purpose of public manipulation has become so rampant that it is nearly impossible to counter it and certainly beyond the scope of one's power to deter its flow.
In a simple article regarding a museum showing of a cylinder from King Cyrus, the following
adornments were woven into the promotional advertisement. The article reads:
The article continued:
It's the first evidence we have of people reflecting on how you run a society of
diversity, without just forcing uniformity ... the big question is: How can you
manage a state that doesn't have one faith?
... Here is a document that in its time declared a new way of ruling ... in which
diversity was respected within a culture.
Author's Note: I have chosen this erudite article because it incorporates a high degree of propaganda and is not some political editorial
where daily attacks on truth and reality find acceptance. Hopefully, by my critique of these lines, the reader will be able to apply my method to other arenas. (It is important to be on guard against propaganda in television, newspapers, and internet media. Unfortunately, it is also important to exercise such spiritual discernment in what we hear from religious sources.)
In the U.S., it's being shown with one of President Thomas Jefferson's
copies of "Cyropaedia," a book by Greek historian Xenophon about the
philosophies of Cyrus, to illustrate how the Persian king inspired America's
(Curator: Mac Gregor) said both Europeans and Americans looked to the Cyrus model to manage a state with more than one faith. Only the Americans get to the Cyrus model of a state that's equidistant from every faith so that you acknowledge the value of faith, but you don't endorse any one variety. Of course, we're all trying now to live in cities and countries that have an unprecedented diversity in faith, language, ethnicity ... and this is the first model of someone who got it to work for several hundred years."
In paragraph one, it is true that Cyrus acknowledged the cultures and religions
of the kingdoms he conquered. He allowed captives to return and build their
religious edifices. He also gave homage to only one pagan god, Marduk.
Here is a Quote from the Cylinder:
From [Babylon] to Aššur and (from) Susa, Agade, Ešnunna, Zamban, Me-Turnu, Der, as far as the region of Gutium, the sacred centers on the other side of the Tigris, whose sanctuaries had been abandoned for a long time, I returned the images of the gods, who had resided there [i.e., in Babylon], to their places and I let them dwell in eternal abodes. I gathered all their inhabitants and returned to them their dwellings. In addition, at the command of Marduk, the great lord, I settled in their habitations, in pleasing abodes, the gods of Sumer and Akkad, whom Nabonidus, to the anger of the lord of the gods, had brought into Babylon. (Lines 30-33)
Note (below) the Archaeological considerations from www.pasthorizonspr.com, which counter the opinions of Mr. MacGregor. It appears Cyrus acknowledges equidistance to all gods but Marduk.
After taking Babylon, Cyrus the Great proclaimed himself "king of Babylon, king of Sumer and Akkad, king of the four corners of the world" in the famous Cyrus cylinder, an inscription deposited in the foundations of the Esagila temple dedicated to the chief Babylonian god, Marduk. The text of the cylinder denounces Nabonidus as impious and portrays the victorious Cyrus pleasing the god Marduk. It describes how Cyrus had improved the lives of the citizens of Babylonia, repatriated displaced peoples and restored temples and cult sanctuaries. Although some have asserted that the cylinder represents a form of human rights charter, historians generally portray it in the context of a long-standing Mesopotamian tradition of new rulers beginning their reigns with declarations of reforms.
The Bible says:
From 2 Chronicles:
Long before there was a cylinder and long before there was a Cyrus, Jeremiah prophesied about him. Before Cyrus was born, God called his name. Therefore, it was not his generosity or unique philosophy or zealous sympathy that caused him to release the people of God and pagan others to attend their gods---it was Jehovah God's plan; it was The Lord's doing. Such had nothing to do with diversity and cultural prowess or equidistance.
Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and also put it in writing, saying, Thus says Cyrus king of Persia: All the kingdoms of the earth the LORD God of heaven has given me. And He has commanded me to build Him a house at Jerusalem which is in Judah. Who is among you of all His people? May the LORD his God be with him, and let him go up!" - 2 Chronicles 36:22-23
"Who says of Cyrus, 'He is My shepherd, And he shall perform all My pleasure, Saying to Jerusalem, "You shall be built," And to the temple, "Your foundation shall be laid." ' - Isaiah 44:28
"King Cyrus also brought out the articles of the house of the LORD, which Nebuchadnezzar had taken from Jerusalem and put in the temple of his gods; and Cyrus king of Persia brought them out by the hand of Mithredath the treasurer, and counted them out to Sheshbazzar the prince of Judah. This is the number of them: thirty gold platters, one thousand silver platters, twenty-nine knives, thirty gold basins, four hundred and ten silver basins of a similar kind, and one thousand other articles. All the articles of gold and silver were five thousand four hundred. All these Sheshbazzar took with the captives who were brought from Babylon to Jerusalem." - Ezra 1:7-11
There are a number of questions that arise from the focal article.
Perhaps the reader is wondering at this point why I am taking this matter to task instead of a regular Bible Study. It is because the level of propagandization has reached down to lower levels and now pervades almost every media source, even to the level of an advertisement.
Some declare it to be propaganda (examine this article from www.Livius.org).:
- Is the first statement in the article true?
"This is the first evidence we have of people reflecting on how you run a society of diversity, without just forcing uniformity."
(The author dismisses Moses' Law and Hammurabi's Code which are earlier codifications of Law, as being those demanding uniformity. However,
emergent societies require a standard-so did that of Cyrus. He was far
from the first to consider such.)
- One must question: "What is the purpose of linking Thomas Jefferson to the Cyrus document?" (Could this be an attempt to re-write history and say the influence of Cyrus' document was the basis for the Constitution rather than
Christian beliefs? Could their conclusions be an attempt to re-interpret these
Documents? Did these early American documents promote equidistance between government and all gods? Could this subtle "separation of church state" heresy be their platform of belief? Could it be they wished to neutralize the power of the Hand of God in founding this nation? Why attempt to make the case of "equidistance?" Is this not basic propaganda?)
The Cyrus Cylinder remains an interesting document, because it shows that the common elements of Babylonian and Assyrian royal propaganda were also used by the Persian conqueror.
Several other considerations must come into play:
First, a replica of this cylinder is prominently displayed in the U.N. headquarters in N.Y. It is a statement of their desire to break down all barriers to cultural integration including religion, capitalism and democracy. I believe this display is a propaganda tool. Symbolically it enshrines
a form of world government devoid of God.
Secondly, it has been hailed by Iranian leaders as a display of their long history of tolerance.
Thirdly, it is a form of "slanted education" targeting those who do not know true history. It is another attempt to rewrite history in order to legitimize an agenda. The subtleness of the approach is disdainful.
Think, if you will, about the more blatant attempts, recently, to re-write history targeting the hero's of this nation. George Washington and the recent television exposé of his relationship with Martha is one. Jefferson's supposed affair with a slave girl and his being influenced by "other than wholesome" reasons for his writings. Lincoln, the popular film has innumerable facets of propaganda and speculation. The Passion movie incorporated 32 patently erroneous precepts within its portrayals. Now, the Bible series and its "interpretations" of truth form the latest rage.
One of the basic tenets of revolution is to raise up new hero images and debase the old ones.
Discrediting the old hero system of a nation also discredits their documents and decisions as being outdated and opportunistic.
We are bombarded with "new information" and the "latest understanding." Science displaces Theology. Societal considerations are more important than philosophy. Moral relativity is more avant guard than morals and social mores of the past. Our consumerism has caused us to increase our tolerance of things worldly in order to maintain our life style and continue the flow of materials and goods toward us. Now, pulpits pander to the "compromised."
The re-writing of history is the design of educators and others who seek to undermine the sacred matters of our past. America was built on the Protestant Ethic and none other. MY family forefathers are named in Jamestown, and they came here to worship the true and living God. They first erected a cross, founded a church and then built their homes, in that order. My forefathers fought in the revolutionary war, the war of 1812 and one of them died in the Alamo. They did not shed their blood for someone to come along and try to trash their reputations and "interpret" their reasoning.
From pulpits we hear "well, that verse doesn't mean what we have always believed; it really means thus and so." We hear from news gatherers, the "real story is this." We listen or view documentaries based on conjecture and lies. Every sitcom has a standard agenda of homosexual inclusion or extra marital sexual expression. Seemingly harmless current television shows like CSI, Blue bloods and Castle are laced with counter agenda's. No longer does entertainment simply entertain, it must declare yet another humanistic reform.
The church also has become a "harbinger" of half-truths and propaganda, as it too seeks to redefine almost every tenet of revealed Christian doctrine. The early disciples would not recognize their writings as they are practiced in such modern defilement. Paganism and spiritual power do not bed together! Clergy extends to the congregation Fables, commissioned as "stories" rather than true "accounts." Pulpits speak of the "stories of the Bible" as if Aesop had alternative editions. The Bible once was the prime literary resource, but no more.
By reference, Shakespeare could make his point of "Nothing is but what is not," solely through the church of today. Regardless of the church's advertised magnificence, what is inside is the issue.
Great literature once used Biblical references to example its thoughts. Only in my lifetime has the Word been expunged from education and study. Once, when reference was made to "John the Baptist" at least a few knew who he was---now, no one has a clue in the average college classroom. (Someone might quickly Google him, but still not know.)
Scripture warned this day would arrive; little did I realize it would be in My Day!
Urging Timothy to remain in Ephesus, Paul gives these words:
Integrated into all walks of life are "cunningly devised myths (fables)." They bear a semblance of truth, but cannot stand against the scrutiny of "rooted and grounded truth." Somehow, we must cease to subscribe to this kind of diatribe; we must cease to allow ourselves to be plundered. My constant prayer regarding the government and the church is this, "Lord, bring forth the truth! Let every underhanded scheme, every rotten, twisted, manipulated plan be exposed. Lord, throw their ideas and agenda's into disarray. Then Lord, your judgment which must come, will be it in righteousness, so the informed cannot hide from responsibility!"
1 Tim 1:3-7
Further Paul advocates:
Remain in Ephesus that you may charge some that they teach no other doctrine, 4 nor give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which cause disputes rather than godly edification which is in faith. 5 Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith, 6 from which some, having strayed, have turned aside to idle talk, 7 desiring to be teachers of the law, understanding neither what they say nor the things which they affirm.
2 Tim 4:2-5
Paul again in Titus cautions:
2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. 5 But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
Paul separates himself from the cunning divisive myths twisted to resemble truth:
Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith, 14 not giving heed to Jewish fables and commandments of men who turn from the truth.
2 Peter 1:16
For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ
Therefore hear, O nations; observe, O witnesses,
what will happen to them.
19 Hear, O earth: I am bringing disaster on this people,
the fruit of their schemes, because they have not listened to my words
and have rejected my law.
And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.
33 And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days.
34 Now when they shall fall, they shall be holpen with a little help: but many shall cleave to them with flatteries.
35 And some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end: because it is yet for a time appointed.
These are the days when the Elect will be deceived. Kenneth Copeland has evidently jointed Tony Blair and Rick Warren's vision. This email (below) came at the conclusion of my work on this Newsletter, but is proof positive of the master deception taking place in the earth. The new Pope is a Jesuit. Those who are familiar with Jesuit practices throughout the world know what this stands for. Not one of the Reformers of past years could believe such writing could come from a Pentecostal leader. Judge it yourself.
These are the days that try men's souls.
Until Next Month,
Dr. C. R. Oliver, PhD
From the Mailbag:
RF, from Wyoming:
I was really enthralled with the book En Punto. As I began to wade in, it went pretty fast but as I kept going it got really deep and I had to slow down. There is nothing wrong with this fact, but I am wading into new territory and yet it is something that I have somehow known subconsciously for a long time.
I love the explanation of "THERE" in so many ways. I had questions about this for a long time but didn't even realize I had the question-if that makes any kind of sense.
I have re-read the book Sons of Zadok 3 times and I know that I'll be reading En Punto at least that many times.
I began Consumed By His Fire which is really, really deep. It is going to take a while. I love it though too.
There is so much food here for me. Thank you for putting down on paper, into books, into videos and on the internet all this teaching that the Lord has given to you.
Thanks also for sharing your one-on-one encounters with the Holy Spirit in each of these books. These kinds of encounters make me burst inside with joy because I am there when you share those happenings. My faith grows by leaps and bounds when I am told about what God has done for others.
Your encounters with the Holy Spirit are to me like the encounters that Brother Andrew had and Lydia Prince had and many others about whom I have read over the years.
I truly appreciate your sharing with me about the pickup that the Lord provided for the Johnson's in Guatemala. The joy that they experienced just makes a person swell up inside.
God's Blessings, RF
(She contributed toward the purchase of the vehicle for the missionaries)
Vaughn from Virginia:
I thank you for sharing and giving what the Spirit shows for the Zadok writings. They are such a blessing and challenge. I pray for you all daily and maybe will get to see you in the future, as we had an En Punto meeting in Virginia. God has been blessing me with other ones too. I had a super anointed trip last fall to George Warnock's home in Canada.
I have been waiting for God to make clear about donating for an orphanage ministry in Thailand.
I want to send a gift (several hundred dollar offering) for now to help.
Please send this gift to bless the Thai people. Thank you!
I pray you all will be in health and may the peace and power of Christ strengthen and guide you.
May your hearts be encouraged and lifted up. May there be an abundance and increase of fruit for the kingdom! Please pray for me that the Encouraging ministry calling and gift will mature in me and that I can relate to people rightly and overcome.
Love in Jesus, Vaughn
Mary S., from Missouri:
Your book The Sons of Zadok was such a blessing to me. I live in an area where the "traditions of men" prevail and there is little "open vision." (She continued a personal note, but her observation is a clear understanding of much of the country. Her comment on open visions prompted me to include Bro. Pinson's work on that subject in this newsletter. )
OEA, Intl. (Oliver Evangelistic Assoc and Zadok Publications) held its 38th annual meeting at the Homewood Suites Hilton, The Woodlands, Texas, March 16, 2013. Below are pictures from that meeting as three missionaries gave reports of their work. (After their presentations, those in attendance gathered around and prayed for their safety and blessing and the work of their ministry.)
Above: Praying for Guatemala missionaries, (seated) Larry and Marla Johnson, following their presentation. They related the scope of their work which includes feeding stations for
Children (Guatemala is second in world hunger).
Above: Danny and Peggy Thornton reviewing their South American work which includes all of the countries south of the US border. Working directly with congregations and local pastors they
Promote evangelism and street missions. Argentina, Chile, Nicaragua, Ecuador and other spots were reported on.
Above: Barnabus Mam, Phenom Penh , Cambodia. With assistance from Bro. Mam, OEA has built numerous churches in SE Asia. Bro. Mam presented his life story and
the faith that delivered him to the ministry as AFCI, director.
Above: Participants enjoying a fellowship meal together.
Ministry Contact Information:
Larry and Marla Johnson, Chiquimula, Guatemala. firstname.lastname@example.org
Danny and Peggy Thornton, email@example.com or www.beyondourselves.org
Barnabus Mam, Ambassadors for Christ International firstname.lastname@example.org or