Matter of Faith: Sitting in silence


From: Bill Steidtmann

In previous articles I connected Billy Graham and Decision Theology to the problems of “hearing” and “calling” by connecting him and his wife, Ruth Bell Graham, to Alexander Graham Bell and his deaf wife, Mabel Bell, and also to Area 51 radio host Art Bell, who died 51 days after Billy Graham, and to Ruth’s father, L. Nelson Bell, who died 51 years to the day after Alexander Graham Bell. I also connected Billy Graham to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas (MSD) High School shooting, because on the day he died a “listening session” was held at the White House in order to hear from the parents and survivors of school shootings, in which President Trump held a note card with point number five listed as “I hear you.” This was because Billy Graham’s death on 2-21 was ordained by God to align with Hosea 2:21: “And it shall come to pass in that day, I will hear, saith the Lord, I will hear the heavens, and they shall hear the earth …”

There were also numerous connections to the number 47: Marjory Douglas being born on 4-7, her 1947 book about the Everglades, the Everglades National Park dedication in 1947, the river and the swamp in Ezekiel 47, Billy Graham’s birth in the 47th month, his first crusade in 1947, Chuck Yeager breaking the sound barrier in 1947 in the Bell X-1, Buddy Holly’s death in a 1947 airplane after playing the Surf Ballroom 47 years after the birth of Titanic’s youngest passenger, the original Surf Ballroom burning down in 1947, Holly’s lost glasses found on 4-7, and Don McLean’s “The Day the Music Died” Buddy Holly eulogy “American Pie” song notes auctioned on 4-7. But there’s still another piece missing.

If Area 51 extraterrestrials believer Art Bell died on April 13, 2018, 51 days after Billy Graham died, what happened 51 days after the MSD High School shooting, an incident (mis)managed by law enforcement officer Sheriff Israel? What happened on the eve of 4-7 in 2018?

From Wikipedia, “A Quiet Place” (film), “... is a 2018 American post-apocalyptic science-fiction horror film … The plot revolves around a family struggling to survive in a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by blind extraterrestrial creatures with an acute sense of hearing … [it] was released in the United States on April 6, 2018 … The Abbott family — wife Evelyn, husband Lee, congenitally deaf daughter Regan, and sons Marcus and Beau — silently scavenge for supplies in a deserted town. While out in the open, the family communicates using American Sign Language (ASL) … The filmmakers also hired an ASL interpreter for deaf actress [Millicent] Simmonds, so that spoken and signed language could be interpreted back and forth on set.”

I won’t spoil the ending but it has to do with hearing disabilities. The movie begins on “Day 89” with the death of the family’s youngest child, and then jumps to “Day 472,” which ends that night with Lee and Evelyn slow dancing with earphones to Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon,” which Young recorded while: Ibid, “Harvest Moon” (album), “... Recovering from a case of tinnitus that had come about after the recording of Ragged Glory (1990) and its subsequent tour.”

Horror-filled Day 473 ends with Lee committing sacrificial suicide, and Day 474 dawns with the family hiding in the basement’s radio/hearing-aid lab, where they learn how to defeat the hearing monsters. We assume Day 475 is noisier, but that’s not how the post-apocalyptic world will be for Babylon and the Graham Bell deciders when Israel’s sheriff returns, post-47:4 in Isaiah 47:5.

Isaiah 47:4-5: “As for our Redeemer, the Lord of Hosts is His name, the Holy One of Israel. Sit thou silent, and get thee into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be called, The lady of kingdoms.”


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