Steampunk Sniper

I think I only dressed up for Halloween one time in the last 35+ years but for some reason I decided that this year was my year.

I got the kernel of the idea with a few items I picked up at Spirit of Halloween, but the idea kept on growing until I had decided to make a Steampunk brass sniper rifle.

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It started with a $10 kids gun from Dollar General Store.

2018-10-27 10.22.33I went through the kitchen drawers and unpacked moving boxes to find things to modify it with.

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I used odds and ends that I have had for 25 years.

Then it was time to take it apart and paint it.

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I was taking this very seriously…

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I was really pleased with the final result.


Chimaphila maculata

I ran into an old friend while I was out today, but I couldn’t remember her name. I knew it started with chim… but I couldn’t remember what was next. I was pretty sure that she was in the Heath family, the Ericaceae.

I actually pulled out my phone so I could Google chim… and see if it would jog my memory. No way. Do you know how many things start with chim? I had to look in an actual book to be able to find the rest of the name. Fancy that!

I found the image, which is somewhat similar to the plants I found, here.

A Mountain Filled the Whole Earth

Daniel 2:34-35

Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces. Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.

Daniel records a vision of seeing a stone, cut out without hands, symbolically destroying human rule of the earth and forming a mountain that fills the whole earth.

From Geba to Rimmon

Zechariah 14:10-11

All the land shall be turned as a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem: and it shall be lifted up, and inhabited in her place, from Benjamin’s gate unto the place of the first gate, unto the corner gate, and from the tower of Hananeel unto the king’s winepresses. And men shall dwell in it, and there shall be no more utter destruction; but Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited.

The land from Geba to Rimmon, an area including Jerusalem with a diameter of about 40 miles, is going to be lifted up.
This will be a plateau at the summit of a mountain that fills the whole earth.

Comfort Ye My People

Isaiah 40:1-5

Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the LORD’S hand double for all her sins. The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

If every mountain is to be lowered and every valley raised up, then we are talking about flattening out the entire surface of earth.
Is this poetic language or a prophecy of major tectonic activity?

Worlds In Collision

Hebrews 11:3

Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

Immanuel Velikovsky’s motivation was, like a good scientist, the denial of God.
He made a monumental effort to be sure.
In Matty’s Paradigm we have even more worlds colliding than Velikovsky did.

Ages In Chaos

Isaiah 61:4

And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations.

Immanuel Velikovsky was right, sort of, but the academic world had absolutely no interest. His conclusions did not fit the scientific narrative of godless existence, as established by peer review.

Earth in Upheaval

Job 9:1-6

Then Job answered and said,
I know it is so of a truth: but how should man be just with God?
If he will contend with him, he cannot answer him one of a thousand.
He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who hath hardened himself against him, and hath prospered?
Which removeth the mountains, and they know not: which overturneth them in his anger.
Which shaketh the earth out of her place, and the pillars thereof tremble.

We look at the precise timing of the tectonic breakup of Pangaea.
We can do this very accurately.
The time-lapse from Noah’s flood to Peleg, and from Peleg to Abraham, is recorded in Genesis 11:10-26.

Circumferential Shortening

Isaiah 24:19-20

The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly.
The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again.

Subduction and mountain building (orogeny) accounts for the circumferential shortening we observe in the earth’s crust.
This was caused when the earth underwent radial shrinkage in the time of Peleg.

Radial Shrinkage

Psalms 75:3

The earth and all the inhabitants thereof are dissolved: I bear up the pillars of it. Selah.

The top of Pilot Mountain, North Carolina, used to be at about the level of the inner surface of the lower mantle.
It’s one of the pillars of the earth.
The earth’s radius has shrunk.