Isaiah Weighs In
The Firpo Files
November 17, 2011
(Part 1 of 2)
(Sentinel, November 17-23, 2011)
With wave after wave of protests
crashing against a shoreline of police barricades, stone-faced CEOs perched in their lighthouses-turned-ivory-towers
might well echo Isaiah's sentiments about a certain segment of the sea of consumers when he wrote:
"‘The wicked are like the sea that is being tossed, when it is unable to
calm down, the waters of which keep tossing up seaweed and mire. There is no peace,' my God has said,
‘for the wicked ones.'" (Isaiah 57:20, 21, New World Translation)
While the vast majority of participants in the Occupy Movement express legitimate
complaints against anti-egalitarian oligarchical domination, "A rash of reports of sexual assaults
at Occupy Wall Street protests across the country has both police and activists raising red flags," says a November
9, 2011, FOXNews article. FOXNews is owned by billion-dollar media mogul Rupert Murdock.
Equality isn't just a Western idea. Although the word "egalitarian" is from the
French word égal ("equal"), the proletariat in communist lands has also clamored
"Shen Tong, a protester and former leader
of the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989," reports the November 15, 2011, Huffington Post,
"tried to calm the growing tension between protesters and police," there in New York. The fact
is, oligarchies (from the Greek words olígos, "a few," and
archo, "to rule or govern") transcend national boundaries.
Arab Spring: They say the Occupy Movement of the West sprang from the Arab Spring, described
as "a revolutionary wave of demonstrations and protests occurring in the Arab world that began on Saturday, 18 December
According to Wikipedia, factors such as dictatorship, human rights
violations, government corruption, "the concentration of wealth in the hands of autocrats in power
for decades, insufficient transparency of its redistribution, corruption, and especially the refusal
of the youth to accept the status quo," are said to have given rise to the Arab Spring.
March to the Mountain: When hundreds of New York City Police descended
on Zucotti Park early Tuesday morning to remove Occupy Wall Street protesters, resisters sang We Shall Overcome,
a song made famous by Martin Luther King, Jr., who proclaimed that he had been to the mountaintop.
And overcome they did, at least until the state Supreme Court ruled that they could
only demonstrate. But, over 2,500 years ago prophet Isaiah spoke of a mountain that people from around
the world would ascend.
"And it must occur in the
final part of the days that the mountain of the house of Jehovah will become firmly established above
the top of the mountains, and it will certainly be lifted up above the hills; and to it all the nations must stream."
(Isaiah 2:2-4) Wars, conflicts, sexism, racism, classism, and other injustices will cease.
The Oppressive One Percent?: Intriguingly, Isaiah also spoke of
the filthy rich who worship their money, and who rely on law enforcement authorities to protect their
wealth. "And their land is filled with silver and gold, and there is no limit to their treasures.
And their land is filled with horses, and there is no limit to their chariots. And their land is filled
with valueless gods. To the work of one's hands they bow down." (Isaiah 2:5-9) Will they be humbled?
Humbling the Haughty: Isaiah warns: "Enter
into the rock and hide yourself in the dust because of the dreadfulness of Jehovah, and from his splendid
superiority. The haughty eyes of earthling man must become low, and the loftiness of men must bow down."
(Isaiah 2:10, 11)
The prophet speaks of "everyone self-exalted and
lofty," and "all desirable boats" of the rich, and then says that "the haughtiness
of the earthling man must bow down, and the loftiness of men must become low; and Jehovah alone must
be put on high in that day." (Isaiah 2:10-17)
Gods, Valueless Money: Isaiah foretells that "people will enter into the caves of the
rocks and into the holes of the dust because of the dreadfulness of Jehovah and from his splendid superiority,
when he rises up for the earth to suffer shocks." (Isaiah 2:18, 19)
of the one percent he declares: "In that day the earthling man will throw his worthless gods
of silver and his valueless gods of gold" away as the wealthy "enter into the holes in the
rocks and into the clefts of the crags." But these hiding places won't help. Why? Because "the
earth [will] suffer shocks"! (Isaiah 2:20-22) This gives new meaning to "Occupy Earth"! Part 2 comes