Only the Prince of Peace Can Bring
True and Lasting Freedom

by Rolaant McKenzie

In the Star Trek: The Original Series episode, Day of the Dove (Season 3, Episode 7, 11/1/1968), a glowing entity composed of pure energy lures the USS Enterprise off its patrol route with a false distress call from a human colony on a nearby planet claiming to be under attack from an unknown vessel. Upon achieving orbit, no sign of any inhabited settlement could be found. To investigate further, a landing party including Captain Kirk, Dr. McCoy, Lieutenant Johnson, and Ensign Chekov transported to the planet's surface. The glowing entity, lurking in the background out of sight, influenced the landing party to believe that one hundred men, women, and children were slaughtered, though no evidence of this could be seen.

Moments later, a Klingon ship appeared at the planet responding to a false distress call from a Klingon outpost. But upon arrival, the glowing entity caused the vessel to experience explosions and other damage that totally disabled it. Commander Kang of the Klingon ship beamed down to the planet with some of his crew and took Kirk and the landing party prisoner, believing him responsible for the damage to his ship and the deaths of 400 of his crew.

Kirk, under threat of death from Kang, authorized First Officer Spock on the bridge to beam the Klingons aboard the Enterprise, but he was able to tip him off through his communicator that they were in distress. Once on the Enterprise, the security team took the Klingons into custody and held them in the crew lounge. The surviving Klingons on the disabled ship were also beamed aboard the Enterprise.

Unbeknownst to the Klingons and the Enterprise crew, the glowing entity also came aboard the ship. It was able to block communication with Starfleet Command, send the ship hurtling towards the end of the galaxy at warp nine, create malfunctions on the ship's infrastructure to trap above deck 38 Klingons and 38 Enterprise crew, create swords and other antique hand weapons for both sides in place of hand phasers, and exploit their animosities for one another to cause them to fight, yet not die from the injuries inflicted on each other.

Kirk and Spock later discovered the glowing entity and that it gained nourishment from feelings of hostility, hatred, and violence. Kirk reached out to Kang and persuaded him that in order to defeat the energy creature that held them all captive and thrived on their conflict, the fighting must cease. Kang agreed, and the hostilities ended. Both Kirk and Kang began to laugh and mock the entity which had appeared above them, causing its power to weaken and fade as it fled the ship.

The tactic of "divide and conquer," illustrated in this story, has long been used by great powers of the past, such as the Greek and Roman empires, to exploit divisions between peoples in order to maintain control over them and their possessions. A more recent example of this is the domination and subsequent rule of India from 1757 until its independence in 1947, first through the British East India Company (EIC) and later directly under the British Crown.

Britain was able to manipulate the religious, social, and economic divisions and rivalries of the diverse peoples of India to gain first economic dominance over them, then political and judicial control. Over time, many Indians came to understand this and resented their foreign rulers. Their people and the country's valuable resources were being exploited for the profit of Britain, not the welfare of the people of India.

This resentment eventually developed into the Indian Rebellion of 1857 (May 10, 1857 - November 1, 1858), where several factions of Indian society fought to overthrow British rule in their country through the EIC. One of the leading figures of this rebellion was Rani Lakshmibai of Jhansi (November 19, 1828 - June 18, 1858), who became a national hero and symbol of resistance. However, one of the primary reasons the rebellion failed was because, though many Indians opposed the British, many fought for them, and the majority remained compliant with their rule.

Just over 51 years later, Indian lawyer and independence activist Mohandas K. Gandhi (October 2, 1869 - January 30, 1948) published a book called Indian Home Rule (1909). In it, he declared that British rule was established and maintained because of the cooperation of Indians. If Indians refused to cooperate, then British rule would collapse, and India would have its independence.

In the 1982 film Gandhi, a meeting took place between Gandhi, accompanied by other nationalist Indian leaders, and Lord Chelmsford, Viceroy of India for the British government, and his advisors. A prideful rhetorical question was posed to Gandhi, declaring that Britain would not simply relinquish control and walk out of India, to which he responded:

"Yes. In the end, you will walk out. Because 100 thousand Englishmen simply cannot control 350 million Indians if those Indians refuse to cooperate. And that is what we intend to achieve: peaceful, non-violent non-cooperation until you yourself see the wisdom of leaving, your Excellency."

Gandhi recognized the "divide and conquer" tactics used among the peoples of India to maintain British rule over them, but he succeeded where Rani Lakshmibai of Jhansi did not. He helped to achieve independence for his country not by raising armies to expel the British, but by convincing large portions of Indian society from a wide spectrum of religious and social backgrounds to adopt his philosophy of non-cooperation and non-violent resistance.

In the United States, we can see many examples of local, state, and federal government politicians and bureaucrats, both elected and unelected, pursuing policies that cause chaos, confusion, and animosity between people in order to maintain control over them and enrich themselves.

Proverbs 20:10 says, "Differing weights and differing measures, both of them are abominable to the LORD." One of the forms of differing weights and measures employed to "divide and conquer" society is the elimination of equality under the law and the use of the legal -- not justice -- system to persecute political opponents and people with the "wrong" skin color or religious beliefs, and absolve their political allies or those who check the so-called correct "diversity" boxes of virtually any crimes they have committed.

Those managing this cruel system realize that eventually some of their victims will reach a breaking point and seek to retaliate against them, so they will engage in greater oppressive activities to provoke their victims to react violently. In doing so they seek to use any violent reaction as a pretext to crack down on dissent and exert greater control over everyone.

Do not take the bait and be goaded into actions that lead to defeat and greater slavery. It is far better and more effective to work together with neighbors and local leaders to peacefully nullify and not cooperate with any federal, state, or local unconstitutional edicts.

Matthew Trewhella, pastor of Mercy Seat Christian Church near Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is the author of a book entitled The Doctrine of the Lesser Magistrates (2013), which promotes the teaching that when superior or higher ranking civil authorities make unjust or immoral laws or policies, the lower or lesser ranking civil authorities have both the God-given right and duty to refuse obedience to that superior authority.

One of many examples of where the principles of this book were successful involved a barber named Karl Manke of Owosso, Shiawassee County, Michigan. He was ordered in May 2020 by the governor to shut down his small business, his livelihood, under the guise of a state-wide medical emergency. His neighbors, Sheriff Brian Begole, and County Circuit Judge Matthew Stewart came to his aid and stood between Mr. Manke and the governor, refusing to comply with the unconstitutional and selectively enforced executive order that allowed big businesses, but not small ones, to remain open. Threats from the governor and attempts to pit local authorities against the people came to nothing because they peacefully stood together and refused to cooperate.

Eugen Wilhelm Schwab (1899-1982), worked as director of Escher Wyss AG, an industrial company that manufactured weapons for the Nazi regime, including attempts to develop nuclear weapons. It was the mercy and grace of God that his efforts to establish the worldwide rule of the Third Reich did not succeed.

His son, Klaus Martin Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum (WEF), along with his globalist partners, hope to succeed where his father failed by working to establish the global rule of the Fourth Reich, a dystopian antichrist kingdom of slavery, death, and destruction (Revelation 13). But thanks be to God, they will fail as well (Revelation 17-19).

Throughout the world, crises abound, including ethnic and religious conflicts, mass migration, famine, energy shortages, plagues, economic failure, and the looming threat of World War III. The WEF, United Nations, non-governmental organizations, and very powerful oligarchs generate these things to keep much of the people in the world distracted, divided, and under their influence as they work to bring about the Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

Notwithstanding its benign-sounding words, SDG means to entrap people in digital IDs, currency, and cities; turn them into programmable cyborgs (transhumanism); destroy their ability to have families; and eliminate most of them through depopulation.

The global elite view the earth's resources as theirs, and they wish to eliminate most of the world's people from using them. They and the world leaders and organizations that follow them are inspired and energized by Satan, the deceiver of the world (Revelation 12:7-9). Because of his hatred of God, he uses them to destroy His creation, employing disharmony, confusion, and disorder.

The glowing energy entity in Star Trek and the British Empire in India aimed to keep those under their control alive and perpetually divided in order to enrich themselves indefinitely. The devil, through his globalist servants, seeks to keep us divided, not only to control and exploit us but also to destroy us.

It is right and good to push back and make inroads against efforts to bring in this dark night by working together with others to peacefully not cooperate with them, but this will not be enough for ultimate deliverance. Satan and those who serve him are extraordinary foes that seek our enslavement and destruction. Such enemies are too powerful for us to ultimately overcome, and we need an extraordinary Deliverer.

Approximately 700 years before the birth of Jesus, the prophet Isaiah wrote of this coming Deliverer:

"For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness from then on and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will accomplish this." (Isaiah 9:6-7)

Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace, who taught that peacemakers and the meek are blessed because they would be considered sons of God and would inherit the earth (Matthew 5:5-9).

He came into the world, lived the perfect life we could not live, endured the wrath of God on behalf of sinners by dying on the cross, rose again on the third day, and is coming again to establish His own permanent government of peace.

Believe and trust in Jesus, for He is the only Deliverer who saves from the destruction of the devil and his kingdom, our sins against God and each other, and grants citizenship in His eternal kingdom of true joy, freedom, and peace.

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