Ted Porter (1 Jan 2010)
"The Lawless One - Chapter IX"


Chapter IX


The silence was broken by the sound of a door opening.  A head poked through from behind the door.  It was the stage hand from the other day who had brought them the box lunches.


“We’ve got plenty of left over make-your-own fajitas and fixings,” said the stage hand. 


“That sounds great!” said Chuck.


The stage hand wheeled in a cart laden down with fajita meat, beans, rice, tortillas, and toppings.  The six of them grabbed plates and started making themselves fajitas along with helping themselves to generous portions of rice and beans.


“This is good,” said Obadiah.


“You should have been here when we had grilled salmon,” said the stage hand.  “Not that farmed stuff, fresh, right out of the Pacific.”


Chuck extended his hand to the stage hand, “Hey, I’m Chuck.”


The stage hand shook Chuck’s hand, “Yeh, I know.  My name’s Greg.”


“Hey Greg,” said Chuck, “These are my friend, Dave, Obadiah, Virginia, Evelyn, and Stuart.”


“Hey, Greg,” they all answered in unison.


“Do you mind me asking you a political question, Greg?” asked Chuck.


“Not at all,” said Greg.


Chuck asked, “What do you think of the President of the United States?”


Answered Greg, “Don’t tell the director I said so, but he’s Mr. AC for sure.”


“Thanks,” said Chuck, “And I’m not trying to put you on the spot, but would you mind telling us what led you to that conclusion?”


“Love, to,” said Greg.  “There I was.  I’d been praying and fasting for three whole days and nights.  No food, no water, no nothing, just me and my savior, JC.  And then it hit me.  I had a revelation!  Just like Stephen Baldwin.  It was like the windows of Heaven opened.  He’s Mr. AC all right.  When I heard about Stephen I said, hey, that happened to me!”


“That was it?” asked Chuck.


“That was it,” said Greg.  “I had an epiphany.  Well, and then him being Mr. DC, sort of cinched the deal.”


“Mr. District of Columbia?” asked Virginia.


“Hadn’t thought of that,” said Greg.  “No, what I was talking about was, you know, DC, Direct Current, Guy on Guy, the whole abomination of desolation thing.”


“Abomination of desolation?” asked Chuck, raising an eyebrow.


“You know abomination,” said Greg.  “That’s something just horrendously immoral, disgusting, or shameful.  Bet you didn’t know there were 69 verses in the Bible with the word “abomination” in it.  Sort of poetic don’t you think?”


“Greg,” said Chuck, “You’re going a little fast for me.   Although I know what “abomination” means.


“Hey, he’s right!”  exclaimed Dave, who had been off at the side typing into his laptop.  “There are 69 verses.  And when I typed in the word “abomination” and the word “man” and guess what was the first verse?  Here, let me read it.”


If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.  Leviticus 20:13


“That’s what I’m talking about,” said Greg.  “Well, when I heard about Mr. AC doing the choir director at his church, didn’t surprise me a bit.”


“You mean, Donald Young?” said Dave.


“Yeh,” said Greg.  “But when he had Donald done in, that went too far.”


“That’s all conjecture,” said Obadiah.  “Not, to be argumentative.  And yes, I’m familiar with the book written all about it called “lies, cocaine, sex, and murder”, or something like that.  But are you going to take the word of some guy named Larry who just happened to know this Donald, let’s say intimately.  Maybe he loved him.  And then Donald ends up dead.  Got to blame somebody.  And then this Larry just happens to say he’s had cocaine and sex with the president also?  Well, he wasn’t the president back then, just a senator.  But still, come on.  How can you take the word of an admitted guy like that?  Have you ever heard the president admit he’s had cocaine and sex?  Well, maybe the cocaine part, but definitely not the sex part.”


“Larry so happens to have passed many lie detector tests,” said Virginia.  “How many has the president passed?”


“I can see this is going to be open for debate,” said Chuck.  “But what intrigued me with what Greg said is this “abomination of desolation” thing.  I know there are probably thousands, maybe millions who believe the president is who he is because of his, let’s say, sexual orientation.  I thought it was all because of the verse in Daniel 11 about him not regarding the desire of women.  I’m still convinced this verse in the Bible is not talking about sexual orientation but about the Christian and Jewish religions, the desire of women to give birth to the Messiah.  But I’m always open to listen.  Greg - I was wondering if you could elaborate on this word, “desolation” and what it means to you, if you don’t mind.”


“Gladly,” answered Greg.  “Didn’t mean to step on anybody’s toes back there.  “Desolation” just means “barren”.  A woman could be barren which is not the normal condition, but a man is always barren.  Doesn’t matter how you plant the seed, a man is always going to be barren.  Sorry ladies for being frank.  Chuck, the bottom line is a man can’t give birth.  He is forever barren.”


“Gotcha,” said Chuck.  “Dave, could you read us those verses we had out about the abomination of desolation?”


Dave started reading:


He will confirm a covenant with many for one 'seven.' In the middle of the 'seven' he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing [of the temple] he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him."  Daniel 9:27 (NIV)


“That’s what I’m talking about,” said Greg.  “He’s gonna be doing that wee willie’s winkie thing in the west wing.”


“You mean like Monica and Bill?” asked Stuart, who hadn’t shown that much interest in the conversation till now, but had started leaning forward in his chair.


“Yeh,” said Greg.  Just like Monica and Bill.  They did it throughout the west wing, didn’t they?  That was sort of just a taste of the real abomination of barrenness thing, if you ask me.  I know people who thought Mr. Bill was Mr. AC for sure, especially after the  sex and cigar thing.  But you ain’t seen nothing yet.  There’ll be rompings like you wouldn’t believe.  ‘Cept there won’t be any women invited this time.  Sorry, sometimes I get carried away.”


“Way too carried away,” said Chuck, “But your point is taken.  You are talking about sodomy and sacrilege in the seat of executive power of the most powerful country in the world.  With the worst kind of sin.  Sin the Bible calls an abomination.  Sin that short circuits God’s command to Adam and Eve to be fruitful and multiply.  Sin, so severe, it required God’s direct intervention instead of leaving it up to man.  As it was for Pompeii, Sodom and Gomorrah, God’s judgment will not be too far behind.”


“Well that makes more sense than killing and eating a pig,” said Obadiah.


“What?” said Greg.


“And what’s wrong with eating a pig?” asked Stuart.


“Oh, you know,” said Obadiah, “Some people think Antiochus Epiphanes committed the abomination of desolation when he desecrated the temple in Jerusalem by sacrificing a pig in it.  And some people think the abomination of desolation will be when it happens again.  Course, they need a temple in Jerusalem first.”


“It took Solomon seven years to build the original temple,” said Dave.  “Guess they better get started.”


“And build it with wings this time,” said Chuck.


“And build it without the Moslems complaining,” said Virginia.  “I thought they controlled the temple mount anyway?  Aren’t there like two mosques up there?  Isn’t one of them the Dome on the Rock?”


Stuart interjected, “I’ve heard a lot of people think the Dome on the Rock is the abomination of desolation.”  “Doesn’t it stand where it ought not?”


“All good questions,” said Chuck.  “But Greg, back to you.  What brought you here?”


“Boy, when I heard about your play, “The Lawless One”, I knew I just had to get on that gig!” answered Greg.  “It’s an honor.  Except for that director that gives me the creeps.  But the rest of the cast are great!”


Chuck said, “Also noticed you used the word “epiphany” back there.”


“Well, I did,” said Greg.  “And I had one.”


Chuck continued, “Did you know that the word “epiphany” means to “show” or to “make known” or to “reveal”?  Did you also know that Epiphany is a Christian holiday on January 6th?  That it climaxes the Christmas season counting 12 days from Christmas?  It commemorates the visit of the Maji to baby Jesus when He was “revealed” as the Lord of Lords and King of Kings as they presented him with the three gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.”


“Okay,” said Greg.


“But lately,” said Chuck, “It has been associated with the lawless one.  He has co-opted it.  He has used it as one of his conversational hypnotic phrases, “you will have an epiphany” instead of “you are getting sleepy”.”


“You’re exactly right,” exclaimed Dave, “Here is the quote from the speech he gave.  What audacity, he gave it January 7th, 2008, the day after the Christian Epiphany Holiday.”


“A light will shine down from somewhere. It will light upon you. You will experience an epiphany and you will say to yourself, ‘I have to vote for’


“And then he actually stated his first name.  It says this was a blatant hypnotic suggestion to get people to vote for him.  His speeches and the conversational hypnosis techniques he used made a lot of people vote for him, not of their free will.  There are pages and pages of documentation on this.”




“There are examples after example of him using the hypnotic trick of “pacing and leading”.  It talks about what he did is unlawful in many jurisdictions.  Well, just like the lawless one you would think to do something unlawful.  Boy it’s going to take a long time digesting all this evidence, which is simply overwhelming.  Used to be you thought great leaders had charisma.  Although they may have been evil incarnate, most people thought Napoleon and Hitler had charisma in spades.  Boy, it could have just been mass hypnosis.  As if mass hypnosis makes it any less real.  So we now have a third false Messiah.  What’s that verse?  Here it is.”


For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.  Mark 13:22


“I noticed it said false Christs and false prophets.  It doesn’t say the false Christ, but false Christs, plural.  So the Bible shows there are ones before him, the final antichrist.  Interesting.”


“Hate to leave but I’m going have to continue this some other time,” said Greg.  “I’ve really enjoyed meeting you all though, but I’ve got to get back to work.”


They had all finished eating and they all thanked Greg again for bringing them lunch.  Greg wheeled out the cart and was gone.  After Greg had left, the rest of them started talking about God’s providence in bringing them another like minded believer.


“Guess, we’re not that alone in our beliefs after all,” said Obadiah.


“I saw a survey about that a few months back,” said Stuart.


“So did I,” said Dave.  “Let me find it.  Although I must say I don’t believe that’s going to happen in the west wing.  That’s just sick.”


Obadiah said, “I agree with you.”


Dave said, “I found the survey link.  Here it is.”




“It’s about a poll taken in New Jersey where they found 21% of all respondents did not think he was born in the United States and a full 8% of all respondents that he was the antichrist.  An additional 13% were not sure.  That means a full 21% think that he either is or could be the antichrist.  Hey, if you extrapolate that across the whole United States with over 300 million people that would be 3 million people per percentage point.  That would mean over 3 times 8 or 24 million people, just in the United States think he is the antichrist.  And adding to that 3 times 13 or 39 million people who think he could be.  That’s a lot of people!  And considering that doesn’t include anyone else in the world, and there’s 20 times as many people in the whole world as in the United States!”


Chuck said, “Let’s make sure we aren’t skewing this number in our favor when we apply it to every state in the Union.  Maybe New Jersey voted primarily against him to begin with.”


Dave said, “Well, let’s check that out.  Here we are:”




“No,” continued Dave.  “New Jersey voted primarily for him.  Hey look at the total number of people who voted for him.  It’s close to 66.6 million people.  In fact, rounding off to the nearest thousand there were 66,882 thousand that voted for him.  Do you see what I see?”


“What?” asked Obadiah.


“That number 66,882 is 66,666 plus 216 on the dot!” said Dave.


“Wow!” said Evelyn.


Dave started talking again.  “I realize the evidence we’ve seen the last few days has been simply overwhelming.  I don’t know how anyone with an open mind could look at all this evidence and reach a different conclusion from what we have.”


“That’s the point,” said Virginia.  “How many people now have an open mind?  People have been so brainwashed these days that you can’t find many people with open minds.  The media bombards us constantly to buy a certain product or think a certain way.”


“Yeh,” said Dave.  “They use every trick in the book.  But we know they aren’t the only ones.  We know the lawless one is a master of it.  Although Milton Erickson pioneered the technique.  Let’s look at that article more closer.”




“My goodness,” said Evelyn.  “Looks like a scientific paper.  Look at all the hidden hypnosis techniques in his speeches.  Over 60 pages of evidence.  It talks about the stern look and his fierce countenance as a technique where he scolds us like little children to get us to do his will.  That’s scary.”


“That fulfills even more Bible scriptures,” said Dave.   “Here let me look them up.”


And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows.  Daniel 7:20


Whose look was more stout.  Sounds like a stern look to me.  And couple that with:


And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up.  Daniel 8:23


“Fierce countenance sounds like mean looks to me, scolding us.  And understanding dark sentences sure sounds like understanding incantations, the power of the spoken word, how to influence people through conversational hypnosis.  I don’t know how the Bible could have described it more accurately.”


“Well,” said Chuck, “I can only praise my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for leaving so many clues in His word so I can also declare that I was once blind, but now I see.”


“Amen,” said the others. 


“Amen,” said Chuck.