DAY OF AWAKENING - DAVID vs GOLIATH vs ARMAGEDDON

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February 1, 1975 was an extra-ordinary, extra special Day for me. To use the commonly known phrase, I was “born again” that Day by the Spirit.

Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.   John 1:13

That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

John 3:6

I was born May 21, 1944, making me a Gemini according to the Flesh, but born again February 1, making me Aquarius according to the Spirit.

 

Up to that Day I was like the majority of the People. Self-seeking, materialistic, earth bound. Sexual fantasies, money and things pulled my strings.

 

I never thought about God. I made no room or Time for God in my Life, in my thoughts, in my Reality. God did not exist to me in my self-centred life. I did not go to church and the only time I talked with believers was when Jehovah Witnesses or Mormon Missionaries knocked on my door.

Even so, I always had a decent respect for all others whose path in Life crossed with mine. I was 29 approaching my 30th birthday, the same age at which Jesus started his Public Life.

 

I was already upbeat since I was going to seal the deal to take possession of a 5 room apartment in the heart of Montreal decorated by a French Canadian artist that was well laid out with large rooms and beautifully furnished.

Moving to Quebec City, he was turning over the apartment with artwork and furnishings for $1000. The rent in 1975 was $65 a month plus oil heat and hydro.

 

Arriving with a friend to make the final arrangements, after taking care of business, we got into an intense discussion of Society, Morality, Politics and Religion. In other words, the Human Condition and Life on planet earth.

 

I was sitting back listening to them go at it, when at a certain point, it was as if a veil was removed from my eyes, and with the sound of rushing water, within myself I felt and thought, ‘God! You’re alive! You exist! You really exist!’ In a Spiritual sense of another dimension, I came alive to God or God came alive to me that Day.

From that moment on, I began talking with God and Christ in me. Because I did not understand exactly what was happening, I said nothing to the others who did not have the same experience.

 

I had experienced much in my life but never anything like this. At 24, in 1968 dollars I was making $25,000. This bought me the stuff that costs $175,000 in Today’s dollars.

At that day you shall know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. 

John 14:20

 

What I didn’t know then, was there was a long period of time preparing the ground for me to Spiritually, Mentally, Emotionally and Socially accept the God of Abraham still Lives!

Part of that preparation I understood only with the benefit of hindsight can be seen here:

 

Over many years I moved to several neighbourhoods in Montreal, but could never get any apartment together, always remaining an unfinished work with no progress once I got comfortable. This apartment and furnishing was beautiful. My wealthy Jewish friend who lived in an expensive apartment on the slope of Mount Royal said he was jealous.

 

Later that evening, I was with another group of friends and did not tell them about the change now starting to take root within me. We were joined by another friend who was also a promising artist, not the one turning over his apartment to me earlier in the Day.

Three months earlier, to encourage him, I asked him to do my portrait and paid him a deposit. He arrived with the finished work.

While I was expecting a conventional portrait, I was surprised when he presented me with the portrait you see above. The image above is a reduced size photo copy of a full size photo copy of the original artwork. It was done in pencil and did not have the Canadian Coat of Arms on the Shield which I added later.

A thief stole the original drawing in a break & enter to my apartment and it is probably hanging on some wall in Ottawa.

 

Again I emphasize, no one knew the new feelings that came alive in me earlier that Day. It is said art is in the eye of the beholder and as I questioned the artist I said these words:

“Dave, that’s a jock looking type of image. I wish my body looked that good.” Pointing to the shield I asked, “Is that a cowboy hat?”

He answered, “No. It’s not that. That’s a shield and that’s a slingshot. You know. Like David and Goliath” Imagine my surprise and wonder as he laid those words on my ears, not knowing what was happening inside me. I didn’t fully know what was happening inside me.

 

Examining it further, I noticed the the car, the symbol of the driving force of the economy and the license plate with the D between the legs. I asked Dave if the D was for his signature. He answered, “No. It’s not that. It could be Death. It could be Divinity. I have no idea.” Again, I had to wonder what all this meant and how could I make sense of it all? It was the sense of Timing that was amazing.

 

Studying the drawing further, I reasoned since a headless body could not stand. To me it symbolizes the God of the Universe is the Head of the Body.

The automobile, the engine of the economy, is at a cliff with no place else to go, much as the Global economy has arrived at the point of stagnation requiring radical change. The bare veins of the Canadian Maple Leaf, the unfinished Canadian Mosaic, represents the theme in my earlier article ‘CanaDa.’

The head in the stump represents the earth bound man oblivious to what the Spirit is doing and the Signs of the Times.

 

At home later that night, I was experiencing the most sublime feelings of Peace, Joy, and Liberation. I was crying with Gratitude on the thoughts GOD IS thinking, 'God I don't know what you're doing with me, but whatever it is, keep on doing it. I love it! I love you! At the instant of those thoughts, a radio broadcast started with the words, "NOW that you're a Christian, your work is just beginning."

 

Even though it was a multi year struggle for me to finally have an apartment that would impress and make  any visitor feel comfortable, I gave it up 9 months later, on September 1, 1975, and entered the United States to discover more of God, and the Spirit of ’76.

 

I hitch hiked through 45 States before I was arrested as an alien (you are in the world, but not of the world– a confirmation?) for deportation from Kansas City in December 1976 back to CanaDa.

The US Authorities would have never known about me had I not become highly visible at the Republican National Convention, unexpectedly finding myself standing at the Podium of The President of The United States on a Secret Service restricted balcony, with my shoulder length hair, beard and #13 football jersey, waving to all those Republicans below and the TV networks broadcasting live.

I was a guest on a phone in Radio Talk show about a dozen times, did a TV interview and 2 newspaper reports.

Reasonable people might acknowledge having just arrived in Kansas City as a solitary stranger with no  money, organization or name recognition, is an accomplishment having accumulated such a Public Record as a Marker of Time from 1976 to NOW.

I had convinced the authorities to allow me to leave on my own without formal deportation, but having to report to US Customs before exiting the US and returning home to CanaDa.

 

It turned out to my good fortune and Blessing I met someone driving to upper New York State not that far from home in Quebec with a spare ticket for the Eagles Concert at the Kemper Arena. We flew away right after the show. I have not visited the US since then.

 

Even though it is 42 years later, I am still trying to make sense of it all in a David vs Goliath struggle to prevent the coming Armageddon in a world where people don’t care and don’t give a damn.

 

I have come full circle. That apartment in 1975 was on Hotel De Ville Street close to Sherbrooke Street, one of Montreal’s main arteries, and St. Laurent Blvd., the dividing line between East and West.  Today, I live on Hotel De Ville Street in Ottawa-Hull. It is perfect for me, having so many reasons to thank God for something every Day.

 

The LORD IS my Shepherd. I shall not want.

Surely Goodness and Mercy shall follow me all the Days of my Life and I will dwell in the House of The LORD forever.      

Psalm 23

Comments

Tubularsock Added Oct 7, 2017 - 8:24pm
Ray, most interesting. And it seems that your adventure continues to this day. But don't worry Armageddon is always on its way and that is the fun part.
 
Tubularsock enjoys your openings and realizations and wish you well in your future discoveries.
Ray Joseph Cormier Added Oct 7, 2017 - 8:40pm
Thanks for your well wishes, Tubularsock.
 
I guess you totally dismiss out of hand, Trump threatening "Fire and Fury like this world has never seen."
You dismiss out of hand Trump threatening to "totally destroy North Korea" with Iran next on the list.
Maybe this is the calm before the storm as Trump says?
 
On September 13, 1976, the major daily THE KANSAS CITY TIMES published this Vision of the FUTURE: target="_blank">“He came to town for the Republican National Convention and will stay until the election in November TO DO GOD'S BIDDING: To tell the world, from Kansas City, this country has been found wanting and its days are numbered […] He gestured toward a gleaming church dome. “The gold dome is the symbol of Babylon,” he said.” […] He wanted to bring to the Public’s attention an “idea being put out subtly and deceptively” by the government that we have to get prepared for a war with Russia.”
 
Here it is happening these 41 years later or haven't you noticed? CNN & MSNBC giving air time to their vetted opinion leaderscalling the alleged Russian interference in the US Election as AN ACT OF WAR? The US neocons are planning it now while the people remain oblivious.
 
And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.(false beliefs about God in Judaism, Christianity & Islam. written some 500 years before Islam, the 3rd arm from the Jewish religious record appeared)

For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth (the 1%, Presidents, Prime Ministers, CEOs, and other Idols of the People) and of the whole world, (the rest of Humanity) to gather them to the battle of that Great Day of God Almighty. (the war is already underway between Judaism, Christianity and Islam leading to the climax of that Great Day)
Behold, I come as a thief. (when you least expect it)
Blessed is he that watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.
And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.
Revelation 16:13-16

Armageddon was derived from Har Megiddo, located in Judea and Samaria of occupied Palestine 2000 years ago. Israel as a kingdom disappeared some 800 years before Jesus walked in that area during the occupation.

Har Megiddo/Armageddon still exists as a physical place in this material world, but is now under the control of temporal Israel re-created from the Bible after an absence of some 2800 years. After all those years, the occupation of Judea and Samaria in Palestine is still an unresolved, violent, open wound in the Middle East and this material world.
 
Armageddon couldn't happen until Israel was recreated from the Bible.
Tubularsock Added Oct 7, 2017 - 8:50pm
Ray, Tubularsock has spent his entire life listening to why Tubularsock should fear the Germans, the Japanese, the Soviets, the Koreans, the Vietnamese, the Cambodians, the Laotians, the Iraqis, the Syrians,
the Iranians, the Russians, the Chinese, AND NUCLEAR WAR!
 
As Little Shrub Bush said, "Bring It On"!
 
Cheers.
Ray Joseph Cormier Added Oct 7, 2017 - 9:38pm
Like you, Tubularsock, I don't FEAR the possibility of Nuclear War, but as a human being with common sense, there will be HELL TO PAY in the aftermath. Better to head it off at the pass and prevent it.
 
Autumn Cote Added Oct 7, 2017 - 11:46pm
Some friendly advice...to improve readability fix those unsightly paragraph breaks.  For example, why is "I was approaching my 30th birthday" not a part on the paragraph that ends with the word "mine?"  As always, many thanks for your participation with Writer Beat!
Ray Joseph Cormier Added Oct 8, 2017 - 12:38am
Well Beat me, Autumn, because as a Writer, my knowledge of the Word is not Total and Perfect - yet!!!
I'll fix it if that's your only criticism? lol!
Autumn Cote Added Oct 8, 2017 - 1:08am
The example I presented was one of many issues where you have unsightly paragraph breaks.  To get my promotional services, articles have to be cleaner than this in terms of presentation.  As for other criticisms, I thought you were going to elaborate on who represents David and who represents Goliath.
Ray Joseph Cormier Added Oct 8, 2017 - 7:19am
The Title is 'David vs Goliath vs Armageddon' It suggests fighting Armageddon, the War to end all War and possibly Humanity itself, is the Goliath is a metaphorical term.
Don Added Oct 9, 2017 - 9:06am
Your description of yourself at being up front in the convention reminded me of the bearded Allen Ginsberg startling the 1968 Democrat convention by yelling “STOP!” Later friends said to him “Allen, you know people think you are crazy.” His response was “Well I’m not you know.” As a long-haired hippie myself in those days, I thought he was hilarious.
Tubularsock Added Oct 9, 2017 - 12:12pm
It is interesting Don that Ginsberg was correct. He wasn't the one who was crazy in 1968 and that still holds true today. You may want to grow your hair longer Don.
Ray Joseph Cormier Added Oct 9, 2017 - 1:28pm
I  watched the Cuban Missile Crisis unfold.
I wrote about the Temper of the Times that moved me to do this act of Civil Disobedience or dissent, when Reagan and The Russians were shouting at each other in Public during the 80s.
 
I sense this world is in a much more dangerous, Masada II-Holocaust II type situation in 2017 than it ever was in Human History.
 
September 13, 1976, the major Daily The Kansas City Times published this among so much more: 
¨There are 30 months before the fate of the world will be sealed with EITHER Destruction OR the Universal Brotherhood of Man,¨ he said. ¨The 30 month figure concerned a Treaty between Israel and Egypt.¨
 
NOTE CAREFULLY: This does not say Armageddon happens in 30 months from the date of the newspaper record.
 
Not 29 or 31, but exactly 30 months later, in March 1979, history shows The Camp David Accord Treaty between Israel and Egypt was signed.  
 
History shows talks broke down on the 12th day and no Treaty was to be signed. Begin and Sadat were leaving. It was on the 13th Day, as in the date of the Article and the picture accompanying it, an unexpected window of opportunity appeared and opened the way for the Treaty to be signed.
This signified the Universal Brotherhood part of the quote from 30 months earlier.
 
What about the destruction part?
Just before that, the 1979 Iranian Revolution happened, and all these 41 years later, Trump warned the World at the United Nations the END has come with Iran.
 
I don't know whether it's sealed for Universal Brotherhood or Destruction, but I see more War and Destruction than care, concern or talk of Universal Brotherhood.

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