Bells are used in the Bible in The sound Aaron made with the bell and pomegranate fringe is connected with entering into and leaving the Lord’s presence in the Most Holy Place. These bells are functioning to facilitate passage between the natural and supernatural realms, even being involved in accessing the presence of the Most High God. The sound made by the bells is somewhat related to the sound of the shofar that also marks Yom Kippur.
“On Yom Kippur, the day when we need the help of the shofar to pierce all the barriers between us and heaven…”
“The dramatic last service, neilah, focuses on the image of the gates of heaven closing…”
(Both quotes from p. 120 of The Jewish Holidays – A Guide and Commentary by Michael Strassfeld)
The gates of heaven obviously control access to heaven. The shofar is as a voice from heaven that crosses the divide, but the bell provides for access.
The evidence reveals that the bell is used to facilitate the death/resurrection ploy that is the mark of the Beast transformation. As I’ve noted elsewhere recently, this is the triple helix DNA transformation that appears to be described in the Revelation 9 anti-death account. The bell can, comparing to the High Priest’s fringe, facilitate a transition across an earth-heaven barrier. You may find it interesting to consider Revelation 9:4, where the men who had the seal of God in their foreheads are the only one’s protected from the anti-death sting, with the passages above from Exodus 28 verses 35 and 38.
To put one’s trust in anything that is thought to have some power or authority other than the Creator Himself is idolatry. Remember the first commandment? Idolatry is behind nearly every use of the bell listed by Bell Facts. Using a bell to exercise power over demons evokes (summons, calls forth) the power of the god (demonic) who has authority over the demons. This is witchcraft, sorcery. This is understood by many pagans (even while wearing a christian label). The entities involved whose influences are evoked are very real demonic authorities.
“BELLS GEOGRAPHICALLY widely distributed and usually possess a clearly defined cultural status. Legends surround them, and beliefs abound concerning their special powers to induce rain or to dissolve storm clouds; to thwart demons when worn as amulets or when placed on animals, buildings, or conveyances; or to invoke curses and lift spells. The concept of their purifying action is ancient, as is their use in ritual, especially in the religions of eastern and southern Asia.
Chinese rang bells to communicate directly with spirits.
East Asia, the fading tone of the bell is considered spiritually significant.
Russian Orthodoxy, bells directly addressed the deity–hence, huge ones were cast by both peoples to lend greater authority.
Buddhism and Christianity, bells are consecrated before being used liturgically.
Roman Catholicism, bells symbolized paradise and the voice of God. Among the most basic and widespread uses of bells is signaling–marking significant points of ritual, calling to worship, tolling the hours, announcing events, rejoicing, warning, and mourning.
In Christian and Asiatic Buddhist monasteries, bells regulate daily routine.
The infamous magician Aleister Crowley counted the bell amongst the small number of objects commonly used as “magickal weapons,” instruments used to bring about intentional change. Frequently, this involved the invocation of fallen angels.
There is a book in circulation titled, “The Lost Book Of Enoch Magick Ritual Book.” A book summary reports that, “The Lost Book of Enoch is one of the Dead Sea Scrolls found in the eleven caves of Qumran along with the Bible. After thousands of years and endless difficult Grimoire Magick books on the subject, this book finally reveals the secrets of how to summons these Angels and Fallen Angels of Enoch You only need a candle, bell, rope and incense and 10 minutes to do each ritual.” It’s claimed that no faith is required for success.
Some excellent insight into bell ringing is provided in a fairly recent document, from the Catholic Diocese of Tyler, Texas.
“However, focusing the attention of the faithful was not the only object in the use of the bell. Bell ringing has a rich tradition in the Church dating from the sixth century. Church bells receive their own particular blessing. The music of the bells is a sacramental by which the faithful seek Divine protection from evil spirits, storms and calamities. Church bells are used to announce events (e.g. funerals, weddings) and to call the faithful to prayer (e.g. the Angelus).”
“What becomes known as the Sanctus bells appears in the Mass during the 13th century. The ringing of the bells is a reminder of the faithful of the great event of the transubstantiation of the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of the Lord, and is an invitation to adoration and praise.”
Everything about it is pagan and a blasphemous mockery. The Roman Catholic Church is a primary face of religious Babylon, among the worst of them by reason of her gross hypocrisy.
The other “organized” churches were born from that mother church and resemble her as daughters do their mothers, with pagan Babylonian priesthoods and laity, liturgy, bells and bell towers, cathedrals, crosses, altars, candles … The Christian church was filtered through Babylon, very much like Judaism had been before her, and there is a remnant of both Israel and church who are having Babylon strained out of them. However, the faces of Judaism and Christianity that are perceived by the world are the Babylonian versions.
When you see bells used in religious ceremony, it’s very likely they have been cursed at least once. The consecration of the bell is to dedicate it to and associate it with a demonic authority. It’s a legal process that introduces the object into service and enables its use for invocation or the evocation of some particular influence. You can read the directions for a “Cross Denominational” version of the magickal ritual here, where an angelic being is invoked.
The priests of Rome and witches like Crowley aren’t the only ones who know the way of bells and ceremonial “blessings.” Consider how that many church bells were made by the famous patriot Paul Revere.
Paul Revere was one of the first York Rite Freemasons in Colonial Massachusetts when he became a Royal Arch Mason and Knight Templar on December 11, 1769 according to the records of St. Andrew’s Royal Arch Chapter, Boston, Massachusetts. He also served as Most Worshipful Grand Master of The Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, A.F. & A.M. from December 12, 1794 to December 27, 1797. (Paul Revere – York Rite Freemason) http://www.mwsite.org/papers/PaulRevere.html
There were 23 bells cast at the foundry during Paul Revere’s personal involvement. He cast his first bell in 1792 (for his own church, the Second Church of Boston) and his last in 1811. “In 1798, Paul Revere cast a bell weighing 242 pounds for the frigate Constitution, also known today by its nickname “Old Ironsides”.” (A Brief history of Ships Bells ) http://ahoy.tk-jk.net/macslog/ABriefhistoryofShipsBells.html
Dead Bell– HERE http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_bell
The pagan beliefs about the departing and departed needing prayers for such protection can be traced through many ancient cultures, including Greece and Egypt. Among the gods receiving such prayer are those known in various cultures by such names as Cernunnous, Hermes, Anubis and Osiris. Consider how it’s the fear of death that generally motivates those who seek the favor and protection of the bell’s god. Did you note from the “Dead bell” excerpt how the bell has been an emblem of mortality?
“Hell’s bells and buckets of blood!” is an old Naval exclamation, often shortened to “Hell’s bells!” The exclamation’s origin does not appear to be easily documented. Giving it some thought, it may be that the expression derived from encounters where another ship’s bells could be heard during conditions of low visibility. If a ship that could not be identified by sight came very near, the situation at hand was potentially deadly. If you were aboard a merchant or passenger ship and pirates patrolled the waters, sudden fury could be unleashed at any moment! The bells heard approaching might mean to the passengers and crew: “Hell’s bells and buckets of blood!” From another perspective, I could imagine pirates crying out the same as they approach to engage their prey, seizing its crew with fear. I could imagine this expression also being used during war time, when an unidentifiable ship whose bell could be heard might be friend or foe.
In situations of low visibility, with the sound of your own ship’s bell betraying your position, you would be in a vulnerable condition. If you’ve heard the aphorism “There are no atheists in foxholes,” you can imagine how sailors in perilous seas would focus their attention upon what is most tangible in the dark of night, dense fog or driving rain; the sounding bell. The sailor’s hope, prayers for guidance and protection must often have been to the god of their bell. This is likely still the case for many sailors today.
The bells onboard ships were the symbol of their very identity, being inscribed with the name of the vessel. The ship’s bell represented the ship, its reputation, cargo and every life onboard. Bells were taken as trophies by their spoilers. Shipwrecks are often identified by their bell. The fate of the bell was the fate of the ship – and all aboard. When the sound of the bell was quieted, death had come.
Another connection between the ship’s bell and death is found in the signaling of eight bells. Onboard ships, sailors’ duty watches have long been signaled by bell strikes. The bell is rung on the half hour during each four hour shift. One bell strike signals the first half hour, two, the second until, at the conclusion of each 4 hour shift, eight bell strikes are heard. Thus, “eight bells” signals the end of a sailor’s duty watch. “The term ‘Eight bells’ can also be a way of saying that a sailor’s watch is over, for instance, in his or her obituary. It’s a nautical euphemism for “finished”.
I have some rather profound insight into the meaning of the “eight bells” signal. The number 8 was a major theme of those Olympics, embedded into many layers of the event and even into the crop sign in Wiltshire, UK that marked its opening day, 8/8/08.
Milk Hill, Wiltshire, UK
August 8, 2008
While it may seem perfectly logical to view the eight bells signal as a randomly derived tradition, such a view ignores some notable facts. The eight bells signal fits too well into some greater schemes. Most importantly in the context of this study, the meaning of the numbering compares closely to the meaning of the object numbered, exposing an even more pronounced view of Satan’s grand bell scheme.
The number 8 in the Bible bears a widely known signification of “new beginning.” With regard to duty watches, “eight bells” is actually marking a point in a cycle where one ends and the next begins. The eight bells signal a new beginning! Does it still seem randomly derived? It’s not. As a nautical euphemism signaling the end of a “sailor’s” life, it fits with other schemes that relate to the most famous “sailor” Noah the eighth.
And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;
2 Peter 2:5
Noah has intentionally been identified with the number 8, representing the set of 8. It’s his seed that is represented in this number and all the life of mankind/Adam-kind in the earth. If you consider that the strike of a bell represents the life of a man from beginning to end, the striking of eight bells on a ship is a fitting representation of the ark of Noah the eighth. As a parable, the ark as eight bells marked a new duty watch. The “duty watch” was over for the line of Cain and those genetically corrupted from the line of fallen angels. It can well be said that “Eight Bells” applied, according to the nautical euphemism that means death. It marked a new “duty watch” for those “sailors” aboard the ark, a new beginning.
In order to really make sense of what I’m writing now, you would have to study and become pretty familiar with much of the lengthy 8 part Olympic ceremony sign series. I can sum up what’s most pertinent for you in brief. Satan’s “eight” scheme currently underway is a counter-offensive in response to the “eight” plan executed in Noah’s day. Quoting from what I wrote about the Wiltshire crop sign: “This crop sign signals his [the dragon’s] intent to bring a flood that will counter the flood of Noah’s day. He intends to cleanse the earth of God’s offspring and repopulate the earth with a regenerated people, a people brought forth through his “Ark of Noah” reproduction factory.” This depopulation/repopulation scheme is the “eight bells” scheme. It’s the Beast and mark of the beast scheme.
The beast compares to Noah the eighth, who “is himself also an eighth.” He is the anti-Noah and anti-Adam, first and last.
The beast which was and is not, is himself also an eighth and is one of the seven, and he goes to destruction.
The beast who “is himself also an eighth” is related to Noah through the declaration of 2 Peter 2:5, where the word “person” has been added into the English translations even though there is no Greek word for it in the text. Literally, the reference there is to Noah the eighth. If you read and understood what I’ve written about the Olympic signs, the significance of connecting these dots in this context should be plain.
The bell is a mortality symbol yet, as such, it’s really about more than just death. In it, there’s an implied look ahead to the next cycle. As the eight bells signals the end of a cycle and, at the same time, the beginning of another, so the bell itself that rings out mortality rings out the beginning of a new life. The life beyond death, in contrast to the mortal, is immortal! Now, there is a genuine that is appointed for some folk, and there is a counterfeit, to which others will fall prey. The counterfeit comes first and deceives many.
Bells are used in Satan’s “pharmakeia” scheme and, ultimately, this facilitates his reproductive agenda and his Beast army battle scheme. The death comes when men opt-in and trade their souls, earning for themselves a season in the lake of fire. The new beginning will come as “zombie” offspring are brought forth in his mark-of-the-beast anti-death scheme, the “undead” fruit of the serpent’s reproductive agenda. That life is only a cheap imitation of immortality, a very, very poor substitute.
The number 22 has a common meaning with the bell, that of the division of the flesh that results in death. As I just noted about the implied meaning of the bell, there is a sense of this death being followed by another kind of life. This, too, is a signification of the number 22 when the work of the cross in a saint’s life is considered. The work of the cross is to bring a necessary death, a required death to the flesh through willing sacrifice in order to bring forth the new life that is truly life. It compares to how a seed that is planted must die in order for a plant to be brought forth (1 Corinthians 15). To those significations of the sign, I’d like add three more associated numbers; 13, 23 and 21.
Each penny shares certain features with other coins minted by the Federal Reserve. These have features that, when counted, produce the numbers 13, 23 and 21. The numbers signal the beast (13), sex chromosome (23) and the fullness of an appointed time (21). Are these all appropriate for this bell study? Yes. Yes they are.
The Liberty Bell – A National Symbol
The bell as an emblem of mortality is part of America’s national heritage. The tolling of bells has been instituted as a national custom, rung when someone is about to be executed through capital punishment. Such a practice is the pagan “passing bell” custom. America also rings bells at certain times according to the tradition of other nations, marking the deaths of nobles or dignitaries
The bell known as the Liberty Bell is a national icon that compares to the Statue of Liberty as a symbol of America. Inscribed upon this bell that had hung in Philadelphia, PA’s Independence Hall for many years is the following, taken from Leviticus 25:10. “Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.”
If America were a ship, its bell would be the Liberty Bell. It’s famously cracked. In this condition its a doubled witness to the mortality of America. It was born to die, launched as the New Atlantis envisioned by Sir Francis Bacon only to be sunk, having served its appointed purpose: Shipwrecked. “Captain” Obama is now at the helm. The valuable cargo has largely been off-loaded and the ship is being scuttled even as I write. This was foreordained as its destiny, according to the evidence being brought forth by students of America’s history who have not turned a blind eye to the witness of the secret societies. This is also the declaration of the cryptic prophetic scriptures.
8) Therefore the he goat [Greece – now America] waxed very great: and when he was strong, the great horn [Alexander the Great – now Obama] was broken; and for it came up four notable ones toward the four winds of heaven. 9) And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land.
The ship’s captain and those who commissioned her on this voyage have no remorse about this. People marvel at Obama’s commitment to golf and leisure, unaware of his focus of attention on an unseen agenda and associated approval rating. The ship’s captain and the company of underwriters look to the prophesied salvage operation that will follow this doomed voyage. From her broken hull, a portion will be raised out of the sea (Revelation 13:1 Daniel 8:9ff) to fulfill her appointed destiny. (This, according to the pattern of the infamous type of the Beast Antiochus Epiphanes IV, who arose from Seleucid’s Kingdom as parceled from Alexander’s Empire, which parcel specifically included Babylon, from which Seleucid established his rule.)
The Liberty Bell as a bell of national identification and symbol of mortality testifies of her destiny. The cracking of the bell at its first strike in America, together with it’s present state of being cracked, is most assuredly a prophetic testimony. What was appointed for her as declared by rebellious men in dark conspiracy will be overseen and fulfilled by the sovereign God Himself, to His glory.
With regard to this nation, “Liberty” is usually represented as a goddess whose alter-identity is Isis. Consider the Statue of Liberty and also Freedom presiding from her perch atop the U.S. Capitol dome. What the founding fathers and the inheritors of their authority refer to by “Liberty” is what will result from the fulfillment of the ancient Isis/Osiris-Horus magickal regeneration. This is ultimately the freedom and independence from the Creator of their presumed and long hoped for victory in the campaign of Armageddon, with their “liberated” Beast army. This is the signification of the Liberty Bell, of wicked rebels who long to be freed from the rule of the Creator and the bonds of death. Thee wicked and their plans will come to nought, “cracked” by the acts of God pictured in Revelation 14:8 and 20 and Revelation 19:19-21.
I already mentioned how bells now toll when someone is about to be executed through capital punishment. While that’s obviously in keeping with the “bell as mortality emblem” theme, understanding the secret testimony of the Liberty Bell reveals how the other times appointed for America’s bell ringing are too.
July 4th, Independence Day, Let Freedom Ring!
Sept. 17 Constitution Day, Bells Across America.
Dec. 10th International Declaration of Human Rights Day and Breast Cancer Awareness.
The idolatrous documents celebrated on the first two of these days declare independence from the Creator’s rule and thus from His life, which is truly a sentence of death. What are called “human rights” compare to the same kind of assurance of separation from the blessed life of the Creator. Even the “Breast Cancer Awareness” relates to mortality. You can see how the theme of mortality has been deeply embedded into the traditions of bells and their ringing, in ways ranging from the obvious to the subtle.
There’s something very profound I want to emphasize here. While the bell fringe whose sound was featured in Exodus 28 meant life in the Most High God’s presence for the High Priest, the counterfeiter’s bells really mean the converse; death outside the Most High God’s presence. This goes beyond mere physical death of the body. Satan’s death knell intends to bring a separation from the life of the living God. It speaks of the departure of the soul and soul life, of the institution of the mark of the Beast with its soul-stealing transformation and inherent separation from the life of the Creator. When brought to that point, the bell speaks of the end of the mortal life, of a condition of temporary un-death that follows it, then, finally, of the appointed lake of fire, the second death.
Where Does the Word “Bell” Come From? – Etymology of the Word “Bell”
The difficulty I’ve encountered in trying to discover a plausible etymology of the word “bell” leads me to suspect that its roots have been obscured. The reason for this would be to cloak Satan’s scheme, because the name by which this object is known points to the ancient gods referred to as Bel, or Ba’al.
You may wonder why I don’t blindly accept what a reference book might state. Have you ever noticed how there is sometimes a wide variance from one work to another? I, for one, don’t trust in the good intent of everyone who has been entrusted to bring facts forward when documenting history and recording the development of language. Would people actually pervert records of the past to serve hidden agendas? Well, yes! Has the etymology for the word “bell” been so perverted? I have no hard evidence one way or another, but if I were Bel and wanted to leverage the bell for my schemes, I’d squelch the connection if I could.
While “Ba’al” may sometimes refer to a demonic authority as a proper noun, it’s more commonly a reference to a region’s local god. Ba’al means “lord” or “master”, “possessor” or “owner.”
“Gatherings and settlements were made where the soil was most inviting; that is, where it was perennially productive. Such districts were regarded as being fertilized by divine agency, and as each of them had its own divinity or demon as the “owner” of the soil, such a being was called its “Ba’al.” The usage, having thus begun in agricultural settlements, was naturally transferred to the sites of cities, all of which were in any case founded under religious auspices. Hence the multiplicity of Ba’als;” (BA’AL AND BA’AL-WORSHIP – Jewish Encyclopedia) http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/2236-ba-al-and-ba-al-worship
“…Moreover, there was not, as this theory assumes, one god Baal, worshipped under different forms and names by the Semitic peoples, but a multitude of local Baals, each the inhabitant of his own place, the protector and benefactor of those who worshipped him there.” (“Baal” by W. Robertson Smith and George F. Moore – 1899 – Encyclopædia Biblica)
As Bel was the god of the earth in the Babylonian pantheon and not of the heaven or underworld, so it is that the focus of Ba’al’s domain is earthly. On a regional level he is the lord or owner of the “soil.” One city’s Ba’al may not be another city’s Ba’al. Sometimes a descriptive reference to “Ba’al” can refer to a god who is also known by some proper noun name. In reverse speech analysis I hear the word “Nairf” used in a similar way, which refers to whatever demonic authority happens to be ruling in the context. The Ba’al gods appear to have all been worshiped in similar ways, revealing how these were of a particular class of angels.
Now, consider how the territorial domain of the Ba’al or Bel can be compared to the range of a bell’s sound. If you’re within ear-shot of the bell, you’re in its domain and it is your Bel, or, Ba’al. Bells are sometimes inscribed with the name of a locale or otherwise identified with a particular deity, perhaps in a dedication ceremony. The community bell is sometimes believed to have the power to influence the local weather and/or to protect the locals from evil spirits or their curses. These bells are very individual with unique sonic signatures, their own personalities.
Does the English word for the bell point back to the Ba’als as its root? I certainly have no trail of historical documentation to point to for validation of my supposition, but such a basis as I suggested for the word seems far more plausible than anything else I’ve read. Perhaps the name for the object in other languages and cultures might provide further insight.
The bell as a signal device announces special events and warnings, but most commonly announces the time. Onboard ships, duty watches had long been signaled manually every half hour, using the hourglass and regular astronomical observations as a guide for when to ring the bell. In monasteries and then village squares, clock towers were the features of advancing technology, introducing the automatic chiming on the half hour, or perhaps hourly. Who can think of Big Ben in London without being able to hear its signature chimes? The once ubiquitous grandfather clock dutifully rang out the hours with its stately polished chimes in homes and businesses around the globe. The alarm clock was invented to signal a preset time with a jangling bell, and likewise the countdown timer. The ringing of a familiar bell often will put us in mind of what time it is. What does this association with the clock reveal about the bell? There is in this relationship a kind of synergy.
From one perspective, the clock chiming is a regular reminder of our mortality. The bell that is itself an emblem of mortality chimes to announce the passage of another hour, counting off the valuable measured increments of our lives. This is actually a very good thing if considered in light of John Donne’s meditation on the death bell, which “tolls for thee” and may prompt one to make “recourse to God.” There is, however, a more obvious practical use of the clock and bell combination that provides for some profound insight.
No robust consideration of bells can be really complete without addressing the clock. Technically, a clock is a timepiece that announces the time with a bell instrument.
A clock is an instrument for measuring, indicating and maintaining the time. The word “clock” is derived ultimately from the Celtic words clagan and clocca meaning “bell”. For horologists and other specialists the term “clock” continues to mean exclusively a device with a striking mechanism for announcing intervals of time acoustically, by ringing a bell, a set of chimes, or a gong.
Before what we know today as the analog clock with its dial face and rotating hands the time was read from a representation of the current positions of celestial bodies. Bell chimes were then keyed to the hours to announce the time. Then hands were introduced on a dial to register the hours by number.
“In the Middle Ages, however, members of religious orders were expected to pray at definite times. Failure to maintain godly habits because of cloudiness or variable flames was not acceptable. There was an answer, however. Sources from Antiquity (and probably rumors of Chinese inventions) referred to devices that could imitate the Sun and stars” … “The earliest mechanisms of this type, around the end of the 13th and beginning of the 14th century, were used to power representations of the heavens.” … “The monks and nuns were summoned to prayer by a bell. Soon someone realized that the elaborate astronomical model was not needed; a system of striking the hour with a series of rings of the bell was sufficient. Sometime after that, people added a dial to show the hours with a pointer (hand). A similar pointer for minutes was not needed until clocks greatly improved in accuracy. Although the first clocks were installed for use in religion, within a few years people began to keep time by the hours, since the ringing of the bell often could be heard or the dial seen all over a village.”
The chiming prompt of the hour of the day makes us attentive to a strict schedule. It’s four pm, am I on schedule? Am I early, on-time, or late for scheduled appointments? The clock and bell work together to regulate the lives of those who mind it. While most of us have been trained to see that as a good thing, it’s really not. The gods of the clock and bell are served with honor and industry, not the Creator who established a different governance for our lives. If I am required to keep a schedule of activity strictly regulated by the clock, where then is the attentive seeking of the leading of the spirit of God? The clock has its origin in the regimented lives of the Babylonian-style priesthood. Think about it. Isn’t that rather telling?
From the first, when timepieces first represented the image of the heavens and the lights in their movement, it must be seen that this was done contrary to the express command of the Creator.
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
What good can come of rebellion against the Creator? Should we do evil that good may come? NO! Even though we’ve been schooled in obedience to the clock and bell, and clock and bell institutions, what good can really come of it?
“Observations of the passage of time were made based on the movement of celestial objects until fairly recently. One could argue that, ultimately, they still are, but time is now most popularly marked in terms of fixed calendars and monitored using mechanical and digital timepieces that are only remotely related to the celestial lights. God’s time has been hijacked, in a sense. The world now runs on Babylon time, a counterfeit replacement that pretends to improve upon the Creator’s way. From this perspective, some of you may agree that such calendars and clocks are used for rebellion against the Creator. “
“There are a few implementations of the clock that reveal it as a device intended for world domination. Clocks are publicly placed to unnaturally regulate the lives of people and facilitate the industry of Mystery Babylon.”
“For a long time now, clocks have been placed in town squares and city centers. Cain built the first city and how these population centers became the hallmark of the ungodly. People gather in cities to rebel against the sovereign God together. Putting a clock at the civic center and crossroads of commerce makes perfect sense. Here, men’s lives are governed not by the natural institutions of the Creator but by those institutions of the fallen one who continually inspires and leads men to rebel.”
If it occurs to you that I have rightly discerned the situation, what should be your response? Well, of course, it’s rather difficult for most to consider catching a plane or meeting an appointment if not minding Babylon time. Showing up for work is something that for most people is done on a pretty rigid basis. Can or should one dissociate oneself from Babylon time? That’s something that must be answered between you and the Lord, according to your faith and the Lord’s direction.
In closing, consider how folklore about the clock compares to folklore about the bell.
Until recently only found in wealthy homes, or on public buildings. Nevertheless they became the subject of several superstitions, from the 1820s onwards. The basic one is that a clock will stop at the very moment its owner dies; the first example given by Opie and Tatem is also one of the most dramatic, for it refers to a clock in the Houses of Parliament having stopped on 27 January 1820, ‘being nearly the hour at which HM King George the Third had expired’. A clock stopping inexplicably, or striking the wrong hour, could be omens of some death soon to occur. Parallel to these beliefs is the custom that as soon as someone dies any clock in the room (or, according to some, all the clocks in the house) must be deliberately stopped, to symbolize the fact that time has now ceased for that person.
If the church clock strikes the hour during a wedding, within a year the bride or groom will die, though if the timing is such that the bride hears the chime while still outside the church, that brings good luck. Similarly, if it strikes a while a hymn is sung at a Sunday service, this foretells death within a week for someone in the parish; a town clock striking while the church bells are ringing, foretells a fire. In Devon around 1900, it was even thought unlucky to speak while a clock is striking (Opie and Tatem, 1989: 84-6).
The clock and bell together are a powerful pair. The clock marks the passage of time in a synthetic way, related to but detached from the Creator’s appointed means. It is an instrument whose early versions were graven image idols that governed the prayer life of communities of false priests. The bell, used to command lessor demons and facilitate meetings between men and the false gods they worship, was soon harnessed to announce the time, governing the lives of men from then until now. Isn’t that how it is? Isn’t that a correct and proper perspective?
Clocks and bells have long been promoted as benign instruments, useful tools. Certainly, they can be, but there really does have to be a consideration at some point of how we got to be in the mess we’re in today, and how the world has come to earn the righteous judgment declared in the books of prophetic revelation about the last days.