I never gave much thought to this supposed “Mandela Effect.” I figured it was a psy-op that was measuring the global pulse on whether the populace would trust their own memories over media-provided dates and information. Once they determined we were all completely brain dead, then they’d move in for the kill. I also found it all a bit too cliché to be believed—stolen right out of the pages of George Orwell’s, 1984, where, like main character Winston Smith, hard at work for the “Ministry of Truth,” spends his days frittering away in an office cubicle rewriting history. [Yawn]
It wasn’t until a personal friend of mine and I recently discovered that we have radically different timelines for when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded, did I realize there really are real people— Average Joes with no motives, not on the CIA payroll, not shills, not MK-Ultra programmed multiples—just ordinary friends and neighbors who absolutely believe a particular timeline and who can vehemently defend their memory of it—that I realized there might actually be something more supernatural going on.
Around the same time that I began pondering the Mandela Effect, I also began an unrelated season of study and prayer devoted to learning about Hebraic poetry styles. In my research, I discovered some interesting articles comparing Step Logic and Block Logic.
Step Logic is the school of thought employed by most modern, American born-and-raised Westerners. Step logic, to put it very simply, is a linear thought process. One thought builds upon the next thought and tells a story in chronological order; while Block Logic groups thoughts together into categories of action or purpose.
Jeff A. Benner differentiates Step vs. Block Logic in the following analogy:
I got out of bed and went to the kitchen for my coffee and breakfast. After reading the paper I drove to work. I read the daily reports and finalized the yearly report. I drove to the restaurant for lunch with my wife. I attended a meeting with the office staff. I drove to the market for our evening desert. At home we ate a leisurely dinner and ate our desert.
I got out of bed and went to the kitchen for my coffee and breakfast. At home we ate a leisurely dinner and ate our desert. After reading the paper. I read the daily reports and finalized the yearly report. I attended a meeting with the office staff. I drove to the restaurant for lunch with my wife. I drove to the market for our evening desert. I drove to work.
You can see from Benner’s comparison that Step Logic has traced the details of someone’s day in chronological order—as the events happened; while the Block Logic example has, rather, grouped all of the events of this person’s day into three different categories: (1) events occurring at home, (2) events that describe work or action, and (3) events that involve driving.
Note, all the same information is communicated in both paragraphs. In fact, all the same sentences occur in both examples, it is merely their order that has changed.
Step Logic attempts to communicate information as well as their chronology; while block logic attempts to communicate information without respect to time.
It is beyond interesting to me that the writing style employed by ancient Semitic peoples did not put an emphasis on time. Much like the God that inspired the writings of Scripture—the Word of God, like God Himself—does not confine itself to time.
Modern Westerners read, write, think, speak, learn, understand, interpret, reason, and teach using step logic. Furthermore, step logic derives from Western philosophy which had its beginnings in the 6th century Greek culture under the tutelage of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. Americans today are greatly influenced by Greek thought, especially regarding abstract (as opposed to concrete) speech and interpretation. (An abstract word or expression is rooted in things that cannot be experienced using the five senses (see, touch, smell, taste, hear). In other words, Americans tend to interpret ideas based on their emotions and feelings, not based upon concrete laws or concepts that can been duplicated via the scientific method or experienced by the five senses).
Scripture was written by men reared on an Eastern philosophical mindset, and the books of the Bible that they wrote employed block logic and a use of concrete words and concepts. This muddies the waters when you have an ancient, concrete, Eastern-mindset text being read and interpreted through the lenses of modern, Western-mindset, abstract thinkers. To say much is being lost in translation is an understatement.
Here is another interesting differentiation between people groups divided by Eastern and Western philosophical thought. Ancient Semitic peoples were the progeny of Abraham. They worshipped Jehovah-God; while 6th century Greeks were the progeny of the ancient Phoenicians—worshippers of Ba’al.
The remainder of this article are mere musings. I am not stating anything emphatically or prophetically, I am merely sharing my thoughts in hopes that we might collectively, as a body of Believers, begin to open our minds—and have some mind-expanding conversations that better equip us to love God, as the Scripture commends, with “all of our minds.”
Based upon what has already been outlined, is it too disjointed of a conclusion to draw to assume that if our modern, American minds instinctively now conform to the thought patterns employed by Phoenicians (worshippers of pagan gods, demigods, and demons) that perhaps (just perhaps) PART of what God means when He tells us to be “transformed by the renewing of our minds” (Romans 12:2) means that we need to start thinking and processing the world around us through the concrete, Eastern philosophical, block logic lenses of a Semitic thinker, and not the abstract, Western philosophical, step logic lenses of an ancient pagan, idol worshipper?
So, getting back to this Mandela Effect. The “dark side of the force” is claiming ownership of this phenomenon. We are being told there are multiple timelines, wormholes, parallel dimensions, parallel universes, etc. But if you look closely to what the Mandela Effect is attempting to do, what you have is very similar to Jeff Benner’s step logic vs. block logic analogy.
- In one timeline, the space shuttle blew up in 1984; in another, it happened in 1986.
- In one timeline, Billy Graham died in 2018; in another, he died many years ago.
- In one timeline, Nelson Mandela died in 2013; in another, he died in prisons years before 2013.
Similar to Benner’s analogy, we have the same exact events appearing in both timelines but appearing in a different order of events. If Moses or Abraham were tasked with writing the history of the United States, they would likely employ block logic. They would write about the space shuttle, Billy Graham, and Nelson Mandela, but the times and dates of their death or the order of events would likely not be highlighted.
While the idea of contradictory timelines may appear very off-putting to a modern thinker, an ancient Semitic thinker would probably shrug and say, “so vhat?” The issue isn’t when something blew up or when someone died—the issue is DID this thing blow up or did this person live?
The Scripture writers didn’t tell us when Jesus was born or how old he was when he died. Modern scientists and theologians have spent countless hours writing and speculating, trying to find answers to these questions—questions that the biblical writers did not feel were important enough to include in their text! We modern thinkers want everything in journalistic format – in fact, what’s one of the first things you learn in elementary school English writing class? The 5 W’s. The interrogative pronouns: who, what, when, where, and why?
But Semitic writers had different questions in mind. They wrote using poetry, parallelism, puns, repetition, agreement and juxtaposition of words/concepts, categories of action and purpose, etc. And if this was the way they read, wrote, thought, and spoke, then it was likely also the way that they viewed the world around them, how they interpreted Scripture, how they worshiped, and how they sought to understand the mind and purposes of God.
The whole world might be “under the control of the evil one” (1 John 5:19) but this universe is still owned and operated by Jehovah God. His sovereign will prevails. He is working minute-by-minute to prepare this planet for Jesus’ coming kingdom. Every day, we are one step closer to Christ’s overthrow of the evil one and His taking His throne of power and glory.
So, pure speculation here—the mere musings of a writer—but what if—WHAT IF—the Mandela Effect is, in fact, NOT some fancy, scary, occult, esoteric display of Satan’s glory and power being wrought upon mankind in order to enslave them forever? What if the removal of all of earth’s timelines is not Satan wielding his powers of enslavement; but Christ wielding His powers of freedom from enslavement?
What if the removal of timelines is the beginning of the eternal destruction of the pagan-influenced, chronological, earth-bound, step logic thinking of fallen man? What if this alleged parallel universe is the New Jerusalem, where outside of the bondage of our prison planet—where we are all bound to chronological time— those chains of time are beginning to loose?
In other words, what if this changing of the timelines is actually a sign that the kingdom of God is coming, and mankind is already beginning to see evidence of being freed from the bondage of the curse? When Lucifer fell to earth, he was xpelled from the timelessness of the Spiritual Realm, thrown down to a prison planet where he, like all of mankind, are bound to time.
The curse for Adam and Eve’s sin and rebellion was death (for them as well as all of mankind). When we think of this punishment, we often think of sickness, cancer, grey hair, wrinkles, coffins and graveyards—but what ultimately ensures the march toward death is not interrupted? Is it not time? Adam and Eve were relocated to a realm of rapidly moving, forward time. You don’t grow old in a place where time doesn’t exist; and if you don’t grow old, you don’t die. (Thus, why the enemy is pushing the Transhumanism agenda—eternal life without the need to face death first).
The aging process is the proverbial “sands in the hourglass”—winding down to that moment when we are escorted to the gallows. But each day that passes, we are one step closer to Christ’s return. Perhaps there will be some incremental preparations, here on earth, to make us ready for the paradigm shift of transferring from a kingdom of death, to a kingdom of life eternal. Perhaps, introducing the elect to shifting timelines, we will learn to walk in a reality that is not reliant upon beacons of time. If this be true, then perhaps the Mandela Effect is God teaching His people to fearlessly live outside of the constraints of time—preparing us, preparing our brains—to understand the realities of an eternal existence?
Satan is a thief and a liar. An imposter. He wants to take what God is doing for our JOY and turn it into a perceived nightmare of fear. If we encounter something that we believe to be “of the devil” we will begin to put walls of opposition to it in our minds and we may unwittingly start to work against God’s will, or work (in vain) to stop or destroy it. If Satan can get us to believe that shifting timelines are from him, you will have a Church full of people condemning and resisting it—but what if we are actually resisting God and prolonging our own emancipation?
It doesn’t matter when the space shuttle blew up or when celebrities have died. Time is not our friend. Time is part of the curse. It’s part of what keeps us fallen. Our goal and prize is eternal life. Does this mean we are given more time? Or does it mean time, like death, was conquered on the cross and will one day be removed altogether as a threat?
My goal here isn’t to try to explain the complexities of the Mandela Effect in 2000 words or less, or to dogmatically unwind its significance. My goal is simply to persuade the Church to think outside the box. It is so easy in this day and age to give Satan and the Illuminati credit for everything and anything that sounds remotely spooky or that requires technology or science. God is still alive, in charge of His universe, and He is able to interact with and accomplish mind-blowingly, awesome things. We must strive to renew our minds and to think (and read, and worship, and believe) within the glorious parameters of eternity, not to merely think and strive within the curse of time.