History does not talk much about it (with the exception of the Old Testament and other holy writings of various religions), but most of the prophets and holy men of old have been revolutionaries, including Jesus Christ. Even over the last few centuries, revolutionaries like George Washington, Joseph Smith (of the Mormons), and Gandhi were men who prayed to the Creator for guidance. When they did pray, many of their historical accounts said that miracles happened.
From Joseph to Moses to David to Jesus to more contemporary revolutionaries and activists like Fathers Daniel and Philip Berrigan and Father Oscar Romero of San Salvador, men of spiritual power were a voice of the people of their day, and many small and large miracles happened around them.
Joseph of Israel was thrown into a well by his brothers and left for dead. He prayed for his life, and an unexpected caravan came by and pulled him out of the well. He was brought to Egypt and imprisoned, but because he had the ability to interpret dreams because of his connect with the Creator, he was called upon by Pharaoh to interpret his dream. Joseph’s interpretation saved Egypt from famine, and Joseph was put second in command to Pharaoh of Egypt.
Moses was put in a basket as a baby and floated down the Nile. He could have ended up anywhere, but he ended up floating to the Princess of Egypt’s palace. He could have rolled over into the water and drowned, but some guiding hand obviously was with him. The Princess raised him as her own with her other son who became Pharaoh, and Moses, the adopted son, became second also in command of the Egyptian armies. We all know of the many miracles attributed to Moses. But even if many of them did not happen exactly like the Old Testament says, something supernatural happened, because Moses was thrown out of Egypt when it was found out that he was of Jewish descent and that he killed an Egyptian soldier. He returned to Egypt forty years later and freed the Hebrew people from bondage. The most important point to be made here is that he was a man of prayer, and, according to the Old Testament, the Ten Commandments were entrusted to Moses to give to the Hebrew people.
David of Israel was a shepherd, small in stature but with tremendous faith in the Creator. He volunteered to fight the enemy giant of a soldier, called Goliath, in a one-on-one battle, and David had only a slingshot. According to the Old Testament, David said, “You come against me with your strength, your sword, and shield, but I come against you with the power of the Creator.” (These are my words, but that is close enough, because what actually was written was, “I come against you in the name of the God of Israel.”) Saul—one of the power-elite of his day as the King of Israel—tried to kill David because Samuel the Prophet said that David would be king one day. Saul, with all of his army and local police force, could not murder David because David was destined to become king. When David did become king, he was the people’s choice for king (besides the Creator’s), and David brought prosperity to Israel as he served the people through his office. There were no separations at that time between the 1% and the 99% in that country any longer. David considered himself one of the 99%.
Moving up to the 13th century, Francis of Assisi, as a warrior-soldier, was captured by the enemy and became a prisoner of war. While in prison, he had a spiritual experience with the Creator. He was from a very wealthy merchant family, and, after his encounter with the Creator, he left his father’s wealth and became a poor brother monk and worked with the poor and disenfranchised of his day. Unlike David, Francis led no army of arms, but before he died thousands of Franciscan followers became his little brothers, and they changed the history of the Catholic Church and the Catholic Church’s work with the poor and disenfranchised.
Oliver Cromwell, one of the 99% in the 17th century—who was called “Lord Protector” of the people—started a revolutionary army against King Charles I, the 1%, and won against the King’s larger and better-trained army. He did this through personal prayer and by praying with the people and by hearing from the Creator the tactics to win against the power-elite of his day. When he won, he formed a Parliament of the people and of the 99%, just like the Founding Fathers of America began their federation of 99%-ers.
We all know the story of George Washington and how he won over the British empire, whose military imperialism conquered the whole known world at that time with British might and power. In history books it is said that George Washington was shot many times but did not die, although the wounds he suffered would have killed most other men. In one battle alone he had four bullet holes in his jacket and miraculously no scars on his body. The protection from the divine can be just as real today for the 99% as it was for the colonists who fought against the might of the British empire, but it cannot be done without prayer and faith.
In modern times, Nelson Mandela was put in prison for twenty-seven years, tortured in his younger years, put into solitary confinement, starved, and separated from family and friends, with no visitors. How did this man deal with this isolation and suffering all these years? He said he dealt with it by prayer. How did this man of simple faith, who had no voice for all those years, eventually gain release from prison and shortly thereafter became president of South Africa? He would be the first to tell you: by prayer and the will of the Creator.
The reason I tell all these stories of men and leaders of great faith is because it would take men and women—by the thousands and millions—of great faith and various degrees of faith in the Creator, who pray for answers and miracles, to win over the awesome imperialistic power worldwide of the power-elite and the 1% who control the masses of people all over the planet. Without the Creator’s help, there can be no victory.
Like Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. (another holy man), I believe in passive resistance, civil disobedience, and peaceful demonstrations. But even in these non-violent methods of revolutionary tactics, people must still hear from the Creator, like Martin Luther King, Jr. did, to make the kinds of changes that the Civil Rights movement was able to make. Although Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed by an assassin’s bullet, his voice was not silenced, because now there were millions of voices all crying out for freedom. They may have murdered the man, but they could not murder the movement.
In the Occupy movement today there are many leaders, leaders who are organizing in cities all over the world. It is not really a leaderless movement. On the contrary, it is a movement of hundreds of leaders all over the world and millions of individuals—call them soldiers for freedom, call them voices crying out in the wilderness, but you cannot call them hippies or drug addicts or freeloaders. No, on the other hand, they are people who want to work. They are people who want equal opportunity. They are people who are beginning to see the light and the oppression that the power-elite has over them and their once-middle-class parents, even though those parents may not see this oppression themselves.
This Occupy movement is making leaders out of former university students, union workers, school teachers, and people from all walks of life, just like the Civil War made leaders out of former slaves. And those slaves helped to end the power-elite’s stranglehold on the blacks of their day. The slaves of today’s America and other countries in the world are speaking out against the slave owners today. The difference is the slaves today are white, black, yellow, red, and brown all over the world.
Here in America the power-elite is still in control of the media, television, and movies, so we are fed Entertainment Tonight and Extra, and other decoy entertainment that is really propaganda to tell the American public, “Look everything’s OK. You can have these riches too. You can be famous too. You can have these jewels too, just like Elizabeth Taylor.” We see the lifestyles of the rich and famous, and we are told to desire what they have and that we can have it too. What they do not tell you is that you have to sell your soul to get it. And many many do sell their souls to get it, not caring who they hurt to get it or who they step on, as long as they get it.
There is no college course called “Manifesting 101.” Instead we have to take courses like Business 101, Economics 101, and Marketing 101, and we begin to learn the line that Michael Douglas said in his first Wall Street movie, “Greed is good.” We learn the art of manipulation, because any art is a practiced discipline, and with manipulation, over time, you can become really good at it, and deception is manipulation’s tool. Unfortunately when you practice manipulation too much, you can never leave it at the office or workplace. You take it home with you, and you use it in your family life, with your friends, and before you know it you are on your fourth marriage, and although you might have “succeeded” in your pursuit of materialism and financial success, you are a failure in being a loving husband and father and have probably no real friends at all, because you lost them climbing that ladder of success.
There is a true way to manifest one’s destiny. There is a true way to manifest all the needs that one needs in one’s life and the lives of your children and grandchildren. But you could not even begin to see how this works until you begin to practice it yourself. Just like you practice being a manipulator, you must practice being selfless. When you set that law in motion in the universe, the Creator then begins to act for you. It is a beautiful and serendipitous way that the Creator reveals Himself to you, to groups, and to governments. When you pay it forward to others, the Creator pays it forward to you. This is the only way that our world will change, and the common folk all over the world are beginning to do this, some first with baby steps within the Occupy movements everywhere. They are taking care of one another. They are donating to the cause, and this cause is the cause of true freedom. And it has just begun.
Capitalism cannot be replaced with socialism or any other form of government. It is going to take millions and millions of people all over the world coming into a personal relationship with the Creator and coming out of antiquated religions and organized denominational and nondenominational churches and come into the same divine mind that all of the Creator’s children must be able to hear from. One article alone cannot begin to teach what a planetary Divine Administration would be like. But this Spiritualution teaching must begin within the 99%. (spiritualution.org)
Jesus said that we have to be in the world but we do not have to be of the world. “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will hold to one and despise the other.”
The 99% are finding out what many spiritual people throughout history have found out, that you cannot serve God and the power-elite at the same time. It is not that those in the 99% movement do not want to work. They do not want to work any longer for the puppet masters. As a matter of fact, people all over the world need to go on strike if they are working for the power-elite. That is how to bring them down. Employees all over the world need to quit their jobs at General Electric, Goldman & Sachs, Target, Wal-Mart, all of the oil companies, all of the big greedy banks, insurance companies, nuclear weapons factories and power plants, Proctor & Gamble, NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, CNN, Time-Warner, Cox, Microsoft, Google, Verizon, Apple, and many, many more. Do not think that your job is respectable any longer.
Doctor Albert Schweitzer (and many doctors like him) left the 1% to serve humanity as missionaries to the poor and disenfranchised in Africa. He did not go to work in a prestigious hospital or any other form of prestigious medical work. The going-on-strike theme within the 99% movement has to expand to the people who have “respectable” jobs, because they are no longer respectable when you help to keep afloat the 1%’s powerful organizations.
No, you need to desire to serve humanity, and you need to trust the Creator to lead and guide you where He wants you to serve humanity. You must have the same faith as Joseph of Israel, as Gandhi, and as Martin Luther King, Jr., and say no to the system that works only for the 1% rather than for the 99% of the world.
Gabriel of Urantia