A great and wondrous sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth.
Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on his heads.
His tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that he might devour her child the moment it was born.
She gave birth to a son, a male child, who will rule all the nations with an iron scepter. And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne.
This scripture came to mind this most recent presidential election, in November of 2016. However, not because of the people running, but because of some ballot initiatives in the United States.
If you are familiar with the Bible you know there are repeating patterns. I also hope you are familiar with a great PBS NOVA show called “Fractals: Hunting the Hidden Dimension.” Like I have written elsewhere, Biblical prophecies seem to be fulfilled more than just once, in smaller ways and in bigger ways; they are repeated throughout the Bible and also in history outside the Bible. [However, it seems their ultimate fulfillment is 1) the enormous feat that was Jesus’ life and 2) Judgement Day.]
To show how Biblical prophecies repeat in various places in various ways I’ll touch on a medical marijuana law in Montana. It was born, but you know that before it became law there were people just waiting to kill it off or wreck it. And it wasn’t long before it was damaged so badly by legislators that in 2016 another voter initiative was required to restore various parts.
In Massachusetts, the voter initiative to end marijuana prohibition was approved by a majority of voters. But you know that before it passed there were people just waiting to wreck it, thus just one day after the election a Boston newspaper published an article “State officials already talking of modifying marijuana law.” Like most of what the Boston Globe publishes about marijuana, the article contains stigma, fear-mongering, and general negativity; although it’s not amped up like it has been in other articles. Don’t forget, those quoted are just those the writer chose to feature; there are usually others behind the scenes who are pushing harder.