When listeners hear the Matrix Series of On the Road to Tsiyon radio programs that Dawn and I did back in 2008, they often ask me: "What about the other two Matrix movies you didn't cover in the radio programs? - When are you going to give us your take on those?"
Granted, I've kept you waiting a long time. Sorry. Now though, the time has come!
In my latest message I will be considering concepts from the entire Matrix Trilogy of movies in the light of Scripture.
"Why now?" you ask.
Well, I could say its because I'm finally not miffed anymore that the sequels didn't live up to my expectations arising from the original Matrix movie. Truth is, that's how I felt about the sequels for a long time. The ending of the Trilogy was especially disappointing, in my estimation. Instead of defeating evil the hero made a deal with it to temporarily resolve the war. I hate that. In my view, evil must be defeated, not accommodated. In disgust I pushed the sequels aside - until now.
The Matrix Trilogy came up free on Amazon Prime this month, so I decided to watch the Matrix movies again. This time I was able to see them with a new perspective because I didn't feel invested in them in any way. This made it possible to more easily follow what the movies were actually saying, rather than just being disappointed that they were saying the "wrong" thing. Even when I didn't agree with a concept I could accept the story on its own terms, to understand what was being said and why - and why the concepts as presented led to the conclusion it came to in the movies. Now I understand that the outcome of the movies was inevitable, given the underlying belief structure that formed the basis of the Matrix movies as a whole. I don't blame the Matrix series for its disappointing ending anymore. Now I realize it had to fall short, because the people behind the movies simply don't know what we know. Namely, truth that transcends anything in the movies - any movies. To continue to hold this against the Matrix movies I would have to hold it against all other movies as well, which is not reasonable - so finally, the Matrix sequels are going to get my qualified consideration.
On the plus side, the Matrix Trilogy as cinematic art is probably the most original and ground-breaking movie series made in my lifetime. Further, the trilogy had the audacity to bet everything on existential concepts that normally drive audiences away in droves. Really, the last thing movie goers normally want to consider is mind-bending philosophies and the meaning-of-life kind of stuff. We are talking here about: free will, fate, the nature of reality, and the big WHY. You have to give these Matrix movies a lot of credit for daring to by-pass the mindless drivel most people usually want, to take on these big questions in movie theaters. Considering the subject matter, it was inevitable they would make some people mad, especially me.
Well, I'm over that now. In fact, when I was watching these movies I saw how they were dealing with concepts I've been wanting to consider with all of you - right now.
How fortuitous! :-)
By comparing how the Matrix movies deal specifically with these concepts, with the truth of Scripture, we can learn a lot. We will see why the Matrix story had to fall short - and why our Father in Heaven never will!
Tsiyon Partners, Join me for this live presentation tonight at 8 PM CST at Tsiyon.Net. Even if you don't care a whit for the Matrix, I promise that the uplifting truth from Scripture will make your time more than worthwhile.
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Israel’s let-down: Putin-Erdogan hook-up with Iran
Reprint: DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 9, 2016
The talks between Presidents Vladimir Putin and Reccep Erdogen in St. Petersburg scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 9, are causing trepidation among Israel’s policy-makers and military leaders. Their summit takes place on the sidelines of the G-20 summit, concluding nine months of hostility between the two capitals that was sparked by Turkish jets shooting down a Russian SU-24 warplane over the Syrian border on Nov. 24, 2015.
The feud was put to rest on July 17 - two days after Erdogan suppressed the attempted military coup against his rule. The Turkish ruler decided there and then to exploit the episode to expand his strength and use it not only for a massive settling of accounts with his critics, but also as a springboard for parlaying his reconciliation with Moscow for a strategic pact with Russia.
In Israel, the worry is that while turning his back on the United States and NATO, Eerdogan will go all the way to bond with Russia to which Iran is also attached as a partner. Indeed, Erdogan has scheduled a trip to Tehran and a meeting with President Hassan Rouhani a few days after his talks with Putin.
The Turkish president’s latest moves look like spawning another new Middle East bloc that would consist of Turkey, Russia, Iran, Iraq, Syria and indirectly the Lebanese Hizballah terrorist group.
This prospect would upend Israel’s key policies for Turkey and Syria.
The Israeli détente with Ankara in recent months hinged on Turkey’s continuing to maintain its close military and intelligence ties with the United States and its integration in an anti-Iran Sunni alliance in partnership with Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan.
But the Putin-Erdogan meeting Tuesday threatens to throw American, Israeli and moderate Arab rulers’ plans to the four winds. Turkey appears to have opted to line up with a Russian-Shiite front led by Tehran in preference to an anti-Iran Sunni alliance.
Therefore, the expanded military and intelligence cooperation which the Israeli-Turkish rapprochement was to have heralded will be low key at best for two reasons:
1. Israel will beware of sharing its military technology with Turkey lest it find its way to Iran. During the talks with Ankara for patching up their quarrel Israel was constantly on the lookout for indications that Turkey was prepared to break off its ties with Iran.
2. For the sake of keeping Iran and Hizballah away from its borders, Israel entered into arrangements with Russia, some of them never published, at the start of Moscow’s military intervention in Syria last September. Those arrangements included coordination of their air force operations over Syria.
Now, Israel finds itself suddenly up against a Russian-Turkish partnership aimed at strengthening Iranian domination of Syria – the exact reverse of the Netanyahu government’s objective in resolving its dispute with Ankara and forging deals with Moscow.