Imagine: John Lennon’s Understanding of the Future

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John Lennon 1940-1980
Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today… Aha-ah…

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion, too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace… You…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world… You…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one

John Lennon 1940-1980

John Lennon’s Imagine is probably one of the most influential, yet highly controversial songs of modern times. According to Wikipedia, Imagine was John Lennon’s number one single of his solo career:

The best-selling single of his solo career, its lyrics encourage the listener to imagine a world at peace without the barriers of borders or the divisions of religion and nationality, and to consider the possibility that the focus of humanity should be living a life unattached to material possessions.

There are literally hundreds of articles in the public domain that evaluate or provide analysis or critique of Lennon’s lyrics, lifestyle and possible motives for writing this song. When Imagine was released in 1971, the US was embroiled in a war in Vietnam battling communist ideology. Imagine was seen by the establishment as a frontal attack on American patriotism. The Church generally viewed Lennon and Imagine as anti-Christian and unrealistically utopian in nature and substance. The young and educated leftist American protesters of the Vietnam war considered Imagine as a rally call to their secular humanist and socialistic ideals, a reaffirmation of their hippy culture of free love, back to the land, communal lifestyle. After all, who didn’t want a world of peace?

This post is NOT a deliberate attack on John Lennon, his chosen lifestyle, or his belief system. Rather, it is an evaluation and affirmation that Lennon understood something either consciously (and acted accordingly), or unconsciously concerning a future time in the history of humankind. I would like to suggest to the reader that Lennon possessed natural gifts in the prophetic realm. I have witnessed this sort of thing, time and time again, in the creative community of music, art, poetry, prose, and so forth.

Regrettably, and invariably, our God-given gifts are warped and marred by sin. If one can accept that, as human beings, we are all created in the moral image or likeness of God, and that specific moral image has been corrupted and distorted by sin (Greek ἁμαρτία; harmatia, i.e., to err or to miss the mark), you will comprehend, and perhaps, concur with what I am saying. Our willful rebellion against God, as we understand Him through nature (natural revelation), history (natural human history including the life and times of the people of God; Jesus Christ in particular), and the Bible (the revelation of God to His creation) has led us to where we are today.

I am not going to dispute the popular notion that Lennon held that religion is the source of hatred and war on this planet. Why? Because it is predominantly true, our history is rife with religious and territorial wars. Nor will I dispute that human greed, selfishness, and jealousy of someone else’s possessions has led to all kinds of social, political, and moral problems throughout human history.  On the other hand, according Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith, a Catholic priest (PhD in Moral Theology), the Church teaches:

In the beginning God entrusted the earth and its resources to the common stewardship of mankind to take care of them, master them by labour, and enjoy their fruits. The goods of creation are destined for the whole human race. However, the earth is divided up among men to assure the security of their lives, endangered by poverty and threatened by violence. The appropriation of property is legitimate for guaranteeing the freedom and dignity of persons and for helping each of them to meet his basic needs and the needs of those in his charge. It should allow for a natural solidarity to develop between men.

As you can see, possessions and property are not the problem, WE ARE. We have moved away from benevolently managing creation for the benefit of all of humankind to territorial boundaries based on greed and glutonous excess. Geographical territories or nations and nationhood is also NOT the problem. The problem is the inherent excessive materialism and covetousness of western nations compared to the poverty of the two-thirds world. The planet’s arable land and wealth is being hoarded by the rich and the powerful at the expense of the poor. If this sounds like the solution is socialism, it’s not.  It is a fundamental principle of our Judeo-Christian heritage to fairly redistribute wealth and resources. We have a direct mandate from God, in the book of Genesis, to manage our world. Men and women, fully equal and responsible to manage our resources with great care, and to distribute the earth’s abundance to care for the weak, the sick, and the poor. An imperfect people, managing an imperfect planet for the need and benefit of others. One of the most noble sacrifices any one individual or community of people can make in this life. The socialist is not the only enemy of pure self-serving capitalism, Christianity, in its biblical form, is opposed to all manner of greed and selfishness both in the individual and in the plurality of greater society.

What John Lennon saw as utopia was NOT necessarily based on socialism, but a world based on globalist ideals. A world and a society that would eliminate national borders and form some sort of one world government run by the university educated scientific elites and the super wealthy of modern society. Notably, the utopianism of globalism will be shattered with dire consequences. One man will step in to govern all. He will masquerade as a man of peace, but will ultimately seek to kill and destroy all those who oppose his totalitarian global agenda. A world without God (no heaven or hell) based on the fundamental tenets of secular humanism. A world that will dictate and monitor every aspect of our lives down to the smallest details. Freedom of conscience, freedom of speech, and freedom to live out our lives in peace will be crushed like we are mere ants to step on. Lennon was predicting our future, but either misunderstood or was deceived into believing it would be a world of peace. Knowing that Lennon rubbed shoulders with the super-elite of his day, I would like to suggest he was experiencing the latter, deception. John may have truly believed that we would experience a time of universal peace on this earth – and therein lies the deception.

If you are still reading, you know where I am going with this post. This is not some sort of crazy conspiracy that I am referring to, but rather a pretty concise description of the biblical account of the antichrist and its system.

Who is the liar? It is whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a person is the antichrist; denying the Father and the Son. 1 John 2:22 NIV

Like you, I am surprised at what I have discovered in the writings of secular history and contemporary media, including the historical writings of the Church. We are heading for very disturbing and near cataclismic events, perhaps in our time. The groundwork is being laid for enormous upheaval in society as we know it, and the potential for an almost universal and mass deception of humanity is being played out before our very eyes. Of course, one’s eschatology may determine, in our understanding, of where and when this will happen. Nevertheless, I always wondered what the scripture meant when it referred to the possibly of even the elect (a follower of Christ) to be deceived. How could that even happen?

For false messiahs and false prophets will rise up and perform great signs and wonders so as to deceive, if possible, even God’s chosen ones. Matthew 24:24

I am not a theologian (although, I am theologically educated at a graduate level), and there is definitely more to the aforementioned verse, and its context, than I have the time, expertise, or comprehensive understanding to elaborate on. However, a natural reading of the verse in its literary and historical context gives us a sneak peak at the power and potential of deception. Deception is often not something that happens overnight, but is based on a simple lie that is built upon until it bears its fruit or reaches maturity. Like I mentioned previously, the groundwork has already been laid. We are simply living in a time where ideas and events are being accelerated and disseminated through mass media.

The globalist agenda is alive and well and coming to a theatre near you. Yes, go out and watch the highly entertaining Star Wars movie, Rogue One, and tell me what you see and discern based on what I have referred to in this post. You tell me what elements of secular humanism and globalism you can pick up in the movie. View it a second time if you must, and keep in mind my initial premise that the “prophets” of the artistic community often foreshadow or reveal what is truly going on in popular culture. These individuals are indeed naturally gifted by God, upon their conception, but often end up following a different kind of spirit – the spirit of this world; the spirit of the antichrist.

And we have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us. 1 Corinthians 2:12 NLT

Following after the spirit of this world is NOT necessarily a permanent state of being, at least as long as we have life and breath. There still remains hope for each one of these artistic people (not to mention all of humankind) to turn towards their Creator and Sustainer, Jesus Christ. Only time will tell which side of the fence one is truly standing on. John Lennon, at the end of his music tours, reportedly claimed that he was thankful to Jesus and God, that particular part of his life was over. Sadly, he was murdered a few short years later. Only God, Himself, knows the state of John’s heart before his untimely death. I for one, miss his contributions to music and the artistic community.

Yes, I like the Beatle’s music and value their artistic expression and musical contribution to western culture. That does not mean I wholeheartedly subscribe to some of the philosopy behind their music. Music is simply music – take it or leave it. I do not subscribe to the popular conservative notion of what necessarily constitutes Christian or sacred music as opposed to secular music. Why? Because I see a whole lot of greed in the production and distribution of contemporary Christian music in North America.

A Word of Encouragement

I trust the intelligence, patience, and the sincerity of those that have read this post until the end. I am confidant of your ability to perceive truth wherever you may discover it. I am also confident that, if you have read a selection of my posts up to this point, you know my weaknesses and my strengths as a human being. You know that, like you, I am subject to error and mistakes for no other reason than we are all finite in our understanding of God, the universe, and life in general. I know you will not run off half-cocked concerning my proposed premise on John Lennon’s song, Imagine (a culmination of his life’s work, in my opinion). There is so much to learn about the time that we live in, and so much more to discover. History can provide us with glimpses into our potential future, but only God can guide us and lead us into the truth. Even then, the secular humanist will not agree with the latter part of my statement. Therefore, my hope and my prayer for you, the humanist, the atheist, the unbeliever, is that you will come to the knowledge of the truth in your lifetime. I truly care about you and your ultimate destiny. Come, let us reason together…

#NoFear

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