Beware the righteous, doing the work of the “Lord.”
Ties that bind, religion, the opiate of the masses, is the source of the confusion at Malheur.
According to an interview with Brand Thornton, the occupier with the shofar,* <http://homebrave.com/home-of-the-brave//absolutely-god-told-us-to-do-this> there is “a handful of trusted individuals” in the inner circle who see Ammon as the group’s “spiritual leader….” They share his apocalyptic vision. Thornton cites chapter & verse of “Doctrines & Covenants” to justify their interpretation of the Constitution, which many Mormons view as a divinely inspired document that, like the Holy Bible, is improved with latter-day revelation.
Thornton claims to have experienced group revelation with the “trusted individuals.”
Beware the prophet saint seeking martyrdom. Shades of Kirtland**, Mountain Meadows, Waco, Jonestown….
The outer circles of gun-toting “militia” are Ammon’s tools. Read the Book of Alma, 17 ff. These guys are preparing for a Holy War.
I wonder if the established Church of Latter-Day Saints, based in Salt Lake City, has an intervention squad to deal with this sort of apostasy. This is a problem with religions that encourage followers to pursue their own conversations with the divine. Joseph Smith and other authorized prophets of the church dealt harshly with such “false” prophets.
*The shofar was blown when Joshua fit the battle of Jericho, and the walls came tumbing down. The shofar was commonly taken to war so the troops would know when a battle would begin. The person who blew the shofar would call out to the troops from atop a hill. The troops could hear the call from their positions because of shofar’s distinct sound.
Gary,Good to see you on the Internet again. It seems like you are in agreement regarding the “mal heur” from my limited French, Mal refers to sickness or “being ill, and heur is ‘Time’ so I tend to reflect on these people near Burns, OR as taking a bit of “sick time” for personal reasons. In my couple of years working for the Oregon Department of Forestry, there were always challenges as to whom was responsible for fighting the fire that grew our of lightening strikes, but we always put all available resources to the fire lines as the wild lands fires had no respect for government or private property boundaries. Wouldn’t it be a delight if all the interested parties sat down and discussed all the various elements of their respective concerns regarding protections of natural resources that are “claimed” or “owned” by these respective groups. The natural resources are God’s gift to us all. We all share the joys of beautiful natural resources and the many blessings we personally enjoy when we have the opportunity depart the concrete and asphalt of our cities and a blessed with quiet times in the natural wonders of our Western states. I have been blessed with the opportunity to have set foot in all 50 states and I have enjoyed hunting, fishing, horseback riding, mountain bike adventures, long, quiet hikes and just the joy of the quiet moments away from the busy day to day work pressures. Our unpopulated spaces in our western states are a real national treasure and the best we can do to the generations to follow us, is to guide them in preserving these dear National Treasures so that their generations and the generations to follow will be able to sample the joys of the peaceful back country hikes and camping, maybe a some fishing and in a limited and well controlled manner, even a bit of game hunting. But I pray that those who wish to preserve our natural treasures also consider their responsibility to the future generations to preserve what they enjoy so that these special “Gifts for our God” will forever be preserved so that all have an opportunity to pass these blessing on forever. My back country days have ended, as about a year ago this month I had to put my best saddle horse ever, “Choc” to his final resting place under the old willow tree, and I have recently had my 10th knee surgery (6th total knee replacement). But I will always remember the many delightful trips to the back country of Henry Coe State Park. I pray that we can preserve these jewels for the coming generations so that they too can truly enjoy the peace and tranquility of our “back county trails”.Cheers,G.o.Vaka Grumpie Ol’ Vic