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The Poseidon Affair

Voice of the Kingfisher speaks out  …from a different perspective

                                                          by Elinor Montgomery

September 23, 2013

What exactly is the Poseidon Affair? It is man’s affair with the gods of this world, which, of course, are exactly what they say; they are the Greek gods of myth, which we classify as the gods of Greek mythology. The Romans gave them other names and transformed them into their gods of Roman mythology. In fact, Poseidon became commonly known as Neptune, a term we still use in connection with the sea.

Myth has it that Poseidon was one of the 12 Olympian gods, as god of the sea, storms, earthquakes and horses; for he was supposed to have taken the form of a beast or horse on more occasions than one. He was also known as the earth-shaker, in relationship to underwater earthquakes. The Iliad placed Zeus as the god of the sky, Hades as the god of the underworld and Poseidon as the god of the sea. Homer’s Odyssey tells us that Poseidon, rather than Zeus, was the major mover of events. Various rivers were personified as being the home of gods who were under the sway of Poseidon. Satan is the master of lies formulated to counterfeit the truth of God, with mythology serving him well as one of his tools.

Author Paul Gallico wrote a novel about a doomed and aged, luxury liner from the golden age of travel, on her final voyage from New York City to Athens, Greece, before being sent to her iron, scrap-yard grave. He called the ship the S.S. Poseidon. In 1972, American producer, Irwin Allen, produced an action-adventure-disaster film based on the novel of the same name, The Poseidon Adventure.

The story-line begins with the time being New Year’s Eve, when the passengers are celebrating the arrival of the New Year with great revelry. It was precisely at that moment the alarm sounded and a tsunami, tidal wave from an underwater earthquake was seen by the captain to be approaching the ship.

The massive liner, larger than the Titanic, which was also named for the gods of myth, on what was to be her final voyage, was hit so forcefully by the wave, that she was overturned. The night of revelry turned into a night of horror in a moment, as had that fateful night on the Titanic, at precisely the same hour of midnight. Most of the passengers and crew were killed instantly, but a very small remnant was left trapped in the upper part of the submerged section of the ship, in the same dining-room, where they had been celebrating.

Among those trapped passengers was a rebellious preacher, side-lined by the church for his unorthodox ministry and desire for freedom from its restrictions and legalism. He felt the Spirit of God was in man and that man should work with that Spirit rather than be a Laodicean, uninspired individual sitting complacently in one’s seat. He felt, after all, that God helps those, who first help themselves. There was also a priest on board the ship, who was rather askance at these ideas and viewed the preacher with silent, but quizzical skepticism. The preacher took it upon himself to be the inspiration for the group, which he would lead through all the obstacles and pitfalls of twisted metal, to finally arrive at the place of their salvation, where they were lifted out and up from the disaster below.

It was truly a “broad way” of twisted metal and pockets of fire, which they had to overcome on their journey to the top of this upside-down world in which they were trapped. In the process of their ordeal, the preacher finally sacrificed his life in order to turn the heat off when they came upon the final obstacle that was holding them back from reaching their destination. It was a painfully, sad group who saw the demise of this man who had inspired all of them to battle their way to the top, which was, in fact, the bottom of the ship, where they were rescued and taken up, airborne, to safety.

Such is the story of today’s upside-down world where wrong is right, and right is wrong. It is up to America to bring to a conclusion the story of history, which is His Story – the story of salvation in Jesus Christ. There is a broad way and a narrow Way and the two are separated from each other forever. The broad way leads to death in the spiritual sea and river waters of Satan (Poseidon). The narrow Way leads to life in the spiritual waters of life in Christ.

The final empire, the Roman (iron) Empire of Daniel’s vision, will become a twisted, burning mass of crumbling, burning iron just like the fallen towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. The heat, alone, would have killed any survivors alive at that time, still trapped within the debris. By the time atomic warfare is released on the world, it will look not unlike the S.S. Poseidon as she lay upside-down, taking with her all of the world that trusted in the satanic ruler of the sea, except the very small remnant, which sought to defy him because of the preacher who led them out of the disaster.

I would strongly recommend that everyone see this remarkable movie, with the realization that it has captured the spirit of our times. Few are they who will listen to the words of the Great Preacher who descended into the pit of hell’s fire so that those who had ears to hear Him might be saved. The Spirit and the voice of His bride call to come away with Him to safety from this upside-down world. Watch and know that the time is at hand when the ship of fools of this world will be dancing and making merry to the end. Then sudden destruction will come as quickly as a thief in the middle of the night – precisely at the midnight of history.

Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”

And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.

Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved (Matthew 24:3-13).”

We have just entered the period of hearing about wars and rumors of wars. Has Obama not dithered – “Yes, we will attack; no, we will not attack; let the enemy decide for us what is to be done!”?

The gospel has been preached to all the nations throughout the world today. Next, we will see the abomination of desolation of which Daniel, the prophet, spoke, and there will be great tribulation as seen aboard that ship, with the same results. It will be a very speedy move of God or the little remnant of the elect would not be saved. Many will be deceived by prophets who think they are Christ, such as Mohammed, but are false. They will deceive many just as Islam is blinding American sensibility today.

 “See, I have told you beforehand,” for the Word of God is perfect prophecy given in the spirit of prophecy. Do not believe the utter and complete lies of Secular Humanism and Political Correctness. The two together are a deadly combination (see Matthew 24:14-26).

It is time to look up, for the Son of Man will soon appear in heaven (see Matthew 24:30). Can you even imagine the great joy that the small remnant, trapped in the ship, felt when the iron bottom began to open up with the beleaguered, little group of survivors looking up to get their first view of the heavens opening up for them, so that they could finally be saved? What a feeling to be taken out of that hell-hole of burning iron, which was all that was left of the luxury liner!

The good, but sad, news is that anyone could have been part of that little remnant of survivors. All that was required was that they listen to the “Preacher” and then trust in His death so that He could set them free.