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The Sound of Silence - Cover

Hello darkness, my old friend
I've come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the sound of silence

In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone
'Neath the halo of a street lamp
I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound of silence

And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
People writing songs that voices never share
And no one dared
Disturb the sound of silence

Fools, said I, you do not know
Silence like a cancer grows
Hear my words that I might teach you
Take my arms that I might reach you
But my words, like silent raindrops fell
And echoed in the wells of silence

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made
And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming
And the sign said, the words of the prophets are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls
And whispered in the sounds of silence

bunch of animals running around, are they not adorable?

Many people today have a strange feeling that many things in the world are not right, but they don’t seem to be able to put their finger on just what the problems might be. For them, things simply don’t add up. They wonder why there are so many wars and police actions, and, yet, no one ever seems to win. They continue day-to-day with their nose to the grindstone, but simply cannot get ahead no matter how hard they try. It seems like it’s always one step forward and two steps backward. One gets the feeling one is on a treadmill, going through a lot of motion, but never going anywhere. Do we dare ask the question: is there something out there somewhere we don’t know about?

Yes, there is something out there, and its so cleverly concealed less than one in one thousand can detect it. As a matter of fact, its right under our noses everywhere we turn and we deal with it every day of our lives. Try as we will, we can’t get away from it, and it effects every phase of our lives. So we ask: why can’t we see it then?

The reason we can’t see it is because its one of the oldest tricks in the world. To explain it, let’s think of it this way: Suppose we were to play a game of football and both teams wore the same style and color of uniform. What kind of a football game are we going to have? Suppose we were in a war and everyone wore the same style uniform. What kind of a war would we have? If it were a football game, everyone would be tackling their own players. If it were a war, everyone would be shooting their own men.

Strange as it might seem, this is exactly what is going on in the world today. The problem is: the opposing side has figured out how to secretly identify their own players and our side hasn’t. With this kind of odds, what kind of football game or war are we going to have? That’s right, you’ve already guessed it, everything is stacked against us and our side doesn’t stand a snowball-in-hell’s chance.

This type of deceptive camouflage is so old it is spoken of in the Bible, Matthew 7:15; 10:16; Luke 10:3; John 10:11-12; Acts 20:29, as “wolves in sheep’s clothing.” That’s right, both sides look like sheep. Now wolves, by their very nature, love to kill and eat sheep. Do you suppose, if the sheep can ever become smart enough to identify the wolves, would they possibly stand a chance of winning this football game or war? For the wolves, it’s no football game, for they fully intend to destroy every last sheep.

How, then, can the sheep begin to identify the wolves? This is really an almost impossible task, for the wolves have been running a two thousand year propaganda campaign to make the sheep believe the wolves are also sheep. Oddly enough, the identity of the wolves can be found in a very unusual place, Josephus, Wars 2:8:2. Josephus, strips the sheep’s clothing from off the wolf and leaves the naked wolf exposed for what he is. Here is what Josephus says:

“For there are three philosophical sects among the Judeans. The followers of the first of whom are the Pharisees; of the second the Sadducees; and the third sect, who pretends to a severer discipline, are called Essenes. These last are Judah by birth, and seem to have a greater affection for one another than the other sects have.”

What in the world is Josephus saying here? Does Josephus mean there were some Judahites who are not Judahites by birth? Well, that seems to be what he is saying, and he should know for he lived right there among them during that time. If what Josephus is saying here is true, it really throws a monkey-wrench into this whole thing, doesn’t it? After this statement by Josephus, is there any way we can make any sense of this thing? For, from this, it would appear there are some Judahites who are sheep and some other Judahites who are wolves. Well, let’s take a stab at it.

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