Posted by Jeffrey K Radt ("JRed") | Posted in How Close Are We? , Nature And Environment , Spiritual Deception , Truth From The Fringe | Posted on Monday, October 06, 2008
"Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life..." a concept derived from an Oscar Wilde aphorism. Wilde follows Ovid who, in Book 3 of the Metamorphoses, depicts a scene where "Nature in her genius had imitated art."
Did you ever wonder about the truth of that statement? Fortunately, there are some people who have. People like Jake Kotze. Do you know who Jake Kotze is? Neither did I until just a few days ago.
The best description I can give is to say that he is either one of the most brilliant and prescient minds that this or any generation has ever seen or, he is a complete nut who suffers from severe paranoid delusions. Regardless of my belief that he's somewhere in the middle, I believe his very existence at this point in time of human history is no accident.
Using my own ability to deduce the facts and consider the evidence along with my own personal experience I have no choice but to initially conclude that while he's on to something here this is nothing more than a harbinger of doom for what's to come upon this planet in the very near future. At the very least, like I said, he's onto something because there's no denying the amount of truth found in his research. If you have eyes to see and ears to hear there's simply no disputing the evidence that he's put together. Evidence of what you ask?
Well, before I begin this expose I want to note at the outset that I'm fairly certain that many people reading this will not finish the piece through to the end. I'll admit that it does all seem a little New-Agey on the surface and I struggled with whether or not I, as a God-fearing, Bible-believing Christian, should include stuff like this on this site. I can only pray that my personal study and subsequent presentation of this topic will not characterize me as some tin-foil hat wearing wacko.
My goal has always been to present the facts and let others decide for themselves. Of course, I'll share my interpretation of the facts and how I see it connecting to Christianity and Bible Prophecy (while I feel this is a relevant topic for discussion here), but I am by no means an expert, a scholar, or a theologian and I hope that me merely writing about this subject matter as a "Christian" is not some form of heresy or blasphemy. If you disagree and feel that it is I sincerely ask my Brothers and Sisters in Christ to correct me and hold me accountable.
Simply put, I am merely one man who continues to see the many signs of Jesus Christ's soon return all around him with increasing frequency and greater intensity, and I am examining the evidence in a formal way as my attempt to understand what I am seeing in relation to what the Bible tells me will happen in the last days.
So, who is this Jake Kotze guy and what does he believe anyway?
Jake Kotze is a proponent of the concept of Synchronicity. Synchronicity is a modern phenomenon that seems to be becoming more and more common these days.
It's the art of attributing dynamic context to phenomena, allowing patterns, themes, and insight to arise out of a web of connections. In other words, Synchronicity is the art of finding meaningful coincidence in the seemingly mundane with religious, mystical, or esoteric significance. Put another way, it's any event that resonates to any other event.
Symbolism is used in every aspect of life. From complex architecture to casual body language, everything is symbolic, everything conveys a message, and everything has an inherrant meaning. The thinking is that there is often a subversive, hidden meaning to things and that's actually what's most important. The challenge is deciphering meaning within a particular context. Yet, it goes much deeper than that. Jake Kotze asks, "What if there was a connection and meaning between the film you saw last Friday night and today's leading news headline?"
The emphasis, however, is that this discovered "connection" (whether ultimately real or imagined) is beyond any mere "conspiracy theory" and that it's not a case where everyone and everything around you is orchestrated by some secret society (i.e. Illuminati) who would have you believe that they are the puppet-masters to all of life's happenings on this planet.
Surely, it's a proven fact that these groups do exist and that their influence can be clearly seen upon the world in many ways. The Free Masons come to mind with their symbolism used in the architecture throughout Washington D.C. as well as on the dollar bill. However, Kotze believes that they only give the illusion of being enlightened and all-powerful because they have long ago recognized the existence of Synchronicity and are only acting with this system in mind. In other words, they're using the rules of the game to their advantage to communicate to each other.
Many people today honestly believe there's this huge conspiratorial thing happening - or at least that's how so many people (who, by acknowledging this feeling, are actually recognizing the many signs during these end times and just don't know it!) will mislabel biblical prophecy. Jake Kotze does not believe for a second that human forces are, in the end, that powerful no matter how impressive and how well-orchestrated their deeds seem to be on the surface. We have some control and influence, but not that much.
His conclusion is based on the fact that he looks at synchronicities all day in the news, art, music, television, movies (he studies pop culture daily) and sees things that couldn't possibly - in his view - be put there consciously by an artist, editor, musician, director because these things only work when viewed non-locally. Plus, the fact that an enormous body of evidence can be found in mass media might simply suggest that this is due to the fact that this natural phenomenon feeds on its ability to be consumed by the public on a mass and far-reaching scale. That's where things start to take a sinister turn in my eyes. More on that later.
This strange phenomenon and its relationship to creative mass media can be summed up by stating that it's becoming more and more evident that certain themes that occur in pop culture have an uncanny way of materializing as fact in the future.
For instance, in some synchronicities you might have a movie that was made many years before the actual event or, a movie that was made by a director who wasn't even aware of another related movie yet, but still you notice there's this obvious pattern - a common thread - running through it all and Kotze believes it's that force (whatever you want to call it) that is above and beyond any conscious human force, and he tries to put an emphasis on that because of the paranoia and fear associated with such things especially since he thinks that any human forces are small in comparison, and regardless of the type of power we perceive them to have.
What is this unexplained force then? Kotze suggests it could be a sort of cosmic consciousness that we're all a part of and that we all share and/or tap into it in a sense without even realizing it. That being said, his study of Synchronicity is his way of trying to uncover the mysteries of consciousness and existence.
For Kotze, in the end, the ground of all being is consciousness - pure consciousness. Out of that arises all sorts of variations and forms and, therefore, even if a human being is conscious of what they're doing, underneath that and at the end of the day, that person is still subject to the will of the universe since we all surrender to God in every moment of our existence.
Everything is made of cells. Everybody contains DNA. Everybody has Biophotonic Emission. He is attempting to figure out the mysteries of existence on these levels. As some of his contemporaries postulate, perhaps our brains are acting as some sort of Radio/TV receiver and ordinary consciousness is "one program" the brain can "tune into" and then when you modify the consciousness you're "turning the channel" and picking up "biospheric television" instead.
For Kotze, he finds it beautiful and amazing how movies always seem to connect with conspiratorial and mystical/occult themes while at the same time interacting with current world affairs in a truly magical way. He believes it proves the interconnectedness of all things. Believe it or not, as I'll demonstrate in a moment, the evidence is definitely compelling to say the least!
This is probably a good time to take a brief pause. Wow. That's all heavy stuff. I get that. If you're still with me then please allow me to thank you, and continue to connect the dots for us.
I realize that we're now bordering on Pantheism, which literally means "God is All" and "All is God" and it is the view that everything is of an all-encompassing abstract God; or that the Universe, or nature, and God are equivalent.
Now you can see why I was hesitant to write about this topic today. At the same time, I can't quite shake the feeling that this is all very important somehow without being able to put my finger on it. Is this all an example of what was prophesied in Daniel 12:4 and Isaiah 11:9 or is this a precursor to "the great deception" talked about in Matthew 24:24?
Kotze once commented, "My idea about the significance of meaningful coincidences in movies with mystical connotation is not that it points towards real truths, but that they point towards possible realities that might emerge from the collective psyche into consensus reality. We vie and jostle for acceptable limits of consensus reality through our art and philosophy. Our ideas and concepts about reality are the very fabric of reality itself. We try to sell each other beliefs in a creative effort to allow new 'things' to emerge into the accepted matrix of the now. I don't fundamentally fret about what 'is' real; I care about checking the zeitgeists' temperature in order to project future possibilities of acceptable norms and find hidden pockets of knowlegde embedded in the pattern of 'AUM'."
At this point, I have to be honest and tell you that at first I was thrilled the other day when I stumbled - by pure chance - upon information about this phenomenon and this individual. For the past few years, I have had this strange feeling that important messages were hidden all around us, but most notably in popular art, music, television, and film. I too began to see a "pattern" from time to time in various forms of pop culture. Truly strange indeed.
To put it another way, I guess there was a part of me that felt as if we were all being "conditioned" in a sense (maybe "desensitized" is a better way to put it) to accept a reality that would one day arrive without warning, standing on our doorstep, and knocking on our front door.
The best way I can describe it is to equate it to the phenomenon we've all experienced at some point in our lives - deja vu. Like deja vu, synchronicty doesn't happen all the time. That is to say that it's not easily recognizable - if at all - on a regular basis. At least it's not for me anyway.
I once wrote a column a year ago titled "Does Something Wicked This Way Come?" for Raiders News Network that dealt with this same subject! It was the ONLY time I have written about this subject matter! However, at the time, I had no idea that this sort of thing had a formal, scientific name and that others were experiencing it let alone studying it.
Let me give you a few popular examples that Kotze has documented that shows this phenomenon in action.
THE SYNCHRONICITIES OF 9/11
The television coincidence to end all others. It's famous by now, but one can't help but take pause every time you try and wrap your brain around the the strangness of this one. We all remember TV's The X-Files. Do you remember the Lone Gunmen group of 3 characters that Mulder and Scully turned to for help from time-to-time? Well, they had their own spinoff series. Check out the video clip at the end of this post of an episode that aired just 6 months BEFORE the events of 9/11. It's also called the "Pilot Episode" because it was the series' very first episode. It depicts a secret U.S. government agency behind a plot to crash a Boeing 727 into the WTC via remote control and blame it on foreign terrorists in the hopes of generating a bigger military budget. Yes, you read that correctly. Why didn't that media pick up on this bizarre coincidence of life imitating art? A Boeing 700 series commercial airliner about to crash into the WTC and being blamed on foreign terrorists shown just 6 months before the real thing happened on a major TV station?
There is more of this kind of stuff foreshadowing the 9/11 event. Another one involves the cover of "The Coup" album "Party Music." The group gained some national attention for the cover art of their recording Party Music. The album cover depicted group members Pam the Funkstress and Riley standing in front of the twin towers of the World Trade Center as they are destroyed by huge explosions; Riley is pushing the button on a guitar tuner. The cover art was finished in June 2001. The album's planned release date was just after the events of the September 11, 2001 attacks, and the cover art was withdrawn hastily. There was no connection between the band and the attacks. The album release was held back as alternative cover art was prepared.
If we look at art (particularly film) historically for a common thread that pre-dated 9/11 we find a disturbing trend: War of the Worlds (1953); The Towering Inferno (1974); Mario Brothers (1993); Armageddon (1998); The Simpsons (1997 Episode); Die Hard (1988); Thunderbirds (1966 "City of Fire" Episode); to name a few. Be sure to watch the video compilation below to see it all for yourself.
I'm sure we all remember how on the first anniversary of 9/11, the evening numbers drawn in the New York Lottery were 9-1-1. The odds of this happening were 1 in 1,000 and yet 5,361 people selected the winning sequence and each won $500. This is the same eerie scenario as when you fold various U.S. dollar bills in such a way that they seem to visually depict the horrible events of 9/11.
Did you know that the tragic events on 9/11 coincided with the actual, physical groundbreaking (September 11, 1941) of the construction of the Pentagon? That’s correct. The Pentagon was started and hit on the same day of the year - September 11th - or exactly 60 years apart.
The next step is the recognition of the occult 5-sided shape and implied pentagram the geometry of a pentagon mandates.
I could go on and on, but that should suffice for our purposes.
OTHER SYNCHRONICITIES FOUND IN POP CULTURE
One favorite of mine is the similarity between the film E.T. The Extraterrestrial and the famous painting of "The Creation of Adam" by Michelangelo on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. It seems replete with esoteric and occult imagery. Whether this is intentional or because of an unconscious mechanism I leave to you to decide. Personally, I believe a combination of both might be responsible. Isn't it interesting though that here we are 20 some years later and serious scientists are proposing that perhaps alien life does exist and that they are most likely the ones responsible for creating us and all of life on this planet?
There also seems to be an undeniably strange and phenomenal set of coincidences surrounding the death of Heath Ledger. He's portrayed as the master of chaos and a Jester (the Joker) in the new Batman film. Most recently, he can be seen wearing a tattoo of the eye of illumination on his forehead as he hangs from yet another noose in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.
These are just two popular examples.
While there's no debating the fact that something much bigger than we can understand is going on here, what is debatable is what it all means and/or where it's all leading us. Some theorize that time is sort of imploding on itself and coming to an end point and that these are echoes and those things that resonate as a natural part of that process. Others think it might have something to do with the concept of Singularity, and still, another group believes that time is not as linear as we think it is.
As you can see, this man (and others like him) sees connections that are not obvious. The ability to recognize and then explain the symbolism and its connections is a bit of an art in itself.
It could be nothing. It could be everything.
So what, right? So there's this strange phenomenon called Synchronicity? Why should you care? What possible relevance does it have to prophecy let along Christianity?
I believe it could be extremely relevant and part of the whole "knowledge will increase" concept found in prophecy that is referring to an understanding of not only Bible prophecy, but also an increase in scientific knowledge (Daniel 12:4; Isaiah 11:9). Or, it could have a more nefarious implication for us.
As previously mentioned, this all sounds very Pantheistic and that would clearly be in opposition to Christianity. Thus, it would be a deception that would lead us all away from God while ironically claiming that we can become closer to Him by being connected to Him in a sense.
As a Christian who studies prophecy, here's why I believe this concept of Synchronicity is relevant, important, and why it deserves our attention today.
An oft-cited feature of Pantheism is that each individual human, being part of the Universe or nature, is part of God. One issue discussed by Pantheists is how free will may exist in this framework. In answer, the following analogy is sometimes given (particularly by Classical Pantheists): "You are to God as an individual blood cell in your vein is to you."
The analogy further maintains that while a cell may be aware of its own environs, and even has some choices (free will) between right and wrong (killing a bacterium, becoming malignant, or perhaps just doing nothing, among countless others), it likely has little conception of the greater being of which it is a part.
That doesn't sound like the Christianity I know let alone my relationship to the Most High. Besides, if we took a Pantheistic view of God and our world then it would completely contradict everything we know and believe since as Augustine wrote, "Concerning the rational animal himself, - that is, man, - what more unhappy belief can be entertained than that a part of God is whipped when a boy is whipped? And who, unless he is quite mad, could bear the thought that parts of God can become lascivious, iniquitous, impious, and altogether damnable? In brief, why is God angry at those who do not worship Him, since these offenders are parts of Himself?"
So, while I began this personal study excited over a new discovery I have now come to a place where I no longer believe that Synchronicity is a good thing. I'm still fascinated by it all, but it is too close to Pantheism and therefore incompatible with my sacred belief system I know in my heart and mind to be true.
Even so, what do we make of this very real phenomenon? What is its role and purpose during these end times? Like I said, don't take my word for it. See the evidence with your own eyes and ears, make your own conclusions, and then decide whether or not this is part of what Daniel 12:4 and Isaiah 11:9 talks about.
On second thought, perhaps we already have our answer! Isaiah 11:9 reversed is 9/11 and we've already examined the synchronicities related to that event. Daniel 12:4 reversed is 4/12, a notable date historically since that's the day that: the formal inquest of Galileo Galilei by the Inquisition begins (1633); the American Civil War began with Confederate forces firing on Fort Sumter, in the harbor of Charleston, South Carolina (1861); U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt died while in office and Vice-President Harry Truman was sworn in as the 33rd President (1945); Yuri Gagarin became the first human to travel into outer space in Vostok 3KA-2 (Vostok 1)(1961); the first launch of a Space Shuttle Columbia launched on the STS-1 mission (1981) - just to highlight a few historical markers.
Is it the Great Deception or just a case study of Conspiracy Theory versus Synchronicity? Mere coincidence? You be the judge.
I thought us Christians didn't believe in coincidences and chance? Either way, I believe this isn't the last we'll be seeing and hearing about Synchronicity.
VIDEO #1: NOSIS INTERVIEW CLIP - SYNCHRONICITY 9/11
VIDEO #2: "THE LONE GUNMEN" TV SHOW FORESHADOWS 9/11
VIDEO #3: 9/11 SYNCHRONICITY IN ART - PART 1 (MOVIES)
VIDEO #4: 911 Coincidences or Synchronicities?
Does Something Wicked This Way Come?