Thursday, July 24, 2008

Word Twisting Is Mind Bending

Followers of Yahweh ben Yahweh know this to be true: the events described in the New Testament didn’t happen around 1900 years ago – they occurred in modern times.

The word “new” means refers to something or someone who never existed. If you watch the TV program, The Universe of Yahweh ben Yahweh, you will learn that YbY is the Messiah, that his “judicial crucifixion” was predicted in the New Testament.

In her book, Kooks, author Donna Kossy describes many different leaders and thinkers on the fringe. Spotlighted in the chapter Black Messiahs, the rise and fall of Yahweh ben Yahweh (AKA Hulon Mitchell, Jr.) from the late 1970s up to 1995 is detailed. His religious following grew into a financial empire with motels, food markets, and other real estate holdings in the Miami area.

While such success exuded positive vibes, there was dark side to the Nation of Yahweh. The Messiah and some of his followers were charged with extortion and even murder. While he was found not guilty of some charges, enough stuff stuck to YbY that sat in prison from 1990 to 2001. Suffering from prostate cancer, he was released early from his 18-year sentence, dying in May 2007. He had been convicted under the RICO law.

Falsely convicted, according to the TV series that continues his work. The Universe of Yahweh ben Yahweh is hosted by an earnest narrator, a well-dressed young man. He explains how the Messiah was set up by the feds. Part of the evidence is the New Testament, as interpreted in an extraordinary exegesis.

At the beginning of each episode viewers are invited by the Earnest Narrator to join in by having on hand the Kings James Bible, several dictionaries, a synonym finder, Hebrew and Greek lexicons, a set of encyclopedias, and Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance. A line from the New Testament is para-parsed until it’s “true” meaning is revealed.

One episode dealt with YbY being prosecuted by the state of Florida on two murder charges. By referring to various dictionaries, synonym finders, lexicons, maybe even cookbooks, it is “proven beyond a reasonable doubt” that this event had been prophesied in the NT.

Take this line from Luke 23, Verse 11: “And Herod with his men of war set him at nought, and mocked him, and arrayed him in a gorgeous robe.”

“Herod” refers to the State of Florida court. As for the phrase, “set him at nought,” the word “set” means “to cause to sit,” and a synonym for “sit” is “introduce.” The word “nought” is a spelling variation of the word “naught,” meaning “nothingness, insignificant, zero.”

The upshot of the trial was that YbY was found not guilty on the first murder charge; therefore all charges against him were nothing or insignificant.

“Mocked him” also is part of the prophecy. “Mock” means “to dismiss.” Prosecutor Janet Reno dismissed the second murder charge after the first one didn’t fly.

But what about the phrase, “arrayed him in a gorgeous robe?” One definition of “array” is “to dispose.” “Dispose” means “to deal with conclusively” and “to settle.” The Hebrew word for robe means “Yahweh will liberate” and “liberate” means “to set free.” In December 1992, explains the TV narrator, YbY was set free from the two murder charges in Herod’s jurisdiction (the State of Florida), the matter was settled. Ergo, the Messiah was arrayed in a gorgeous robe.

The Earnest Narrator observes that this is another example of prophecy being fulfilled in detail with Yahweh ben Yahweh.

As for me, after explaining that one bit of re-interpreted scripture as it pertains to YbY, I’ve got a headache.


X. Dell said...

I'd almost fogrotten about those guys. His followers would preach on Times Square every weekend, drawing curious tourists.

They always seemed kinda strange to me. If you listened to them long enough, you got the sense that they didn't really believe in what they preached. In fact, I overheard them, sometimes, in guarded moments, express doubt. I've always wondered if they were "for real."

Of course nowadays, looking back, I always wonder about an intelligence connection. I didn't realize that they boasted of such numbers (I just looked it up; Wikipedia says 12,000, but I simply don't believe the figure), or that they had that much money. If they did, I wonder where it really came from.

Ray said...

X. Dell:

That's the thing about cults: free slave labor means low overhead. And sometimes people with too much money on their hands without the brains to handle it help to finance such operations. All you really need is one rich benefactor.

Of course, when it comes to intel involvement, that can't be completely ruled out. But I suspect the explanation is more mundane than that. A restaurant across the lake in Vermont was exploiting its help (until the story made the newspaper): paying employees next to nothing in wages, working them long hours and then charging them for rent in overcrowded, substandard housing. Of course, in that case the workers were illegal immigrants, kept under control by economic conditions and their status (or lack of it) under US law.

Cults have mental control...

Low overhead and dedicated workers: keys to success.


Leigh Hanlon said...

A friend of mine claims that the difference between a cult and an established religion is nothing more than political clout. I'm not sure I'd go that far, but no religion -- major, minor or mail order -- holds up under serious skeptical scrutiny.

Doug said...

Sincerity is not so much a matter of belief as it is a matter of being able to present the topic with a straight face.

I mean it, as you can see by my earnestness.

P.S. Thanks for all the comments on the photos.

Ray said...


My POV: Every religion can't be right, but they all can be wrong.


Are you being sincere with that P.S.?

I've got another headache.