When Civilizations Collapse (Part One): Lessons from the Bronze Age Decline

The fallibility of humans is an intrinsic part of their makeup so to expect any Utopia or Shangri-La modality for humanity is an absolute impossibility and out of mankind’s reach as I see it! But the more direct causality as I understand man’s history which you have pointed out well and it’s limited dead-end capabilities is the “Corruption of the Human Heart” which is the actual curse that ties humans to inevitable ruin when left to their own devices; one way or another they do themselves in every time! God explains in Holy Scriptures that He judges us by our hearts and searches them out in all men, to know his or her focal point if you will, the fulcrum on which each individual’s life is either balanced on or not! The heart is the key factor and we see now in this derelict insane global atmosphere of rampant corruption of the highest order, in some of the most diabolical humans that have ever existed on this planet who are orchestrating the demise of the masses for self-gain, power and control! Evil monsters like Klaus Schwab, George Soros, Bill Gates, Anthony Fauci, Xi Jinping with his CCP, Vladimir Putin along with the smaller monsters of civilization such as Crazy Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Justin Trudeau, Ayatollah Khomeini, Emmanuel Macron on down to multiple corporate big wigs that with the MSM are seeking to manipulate and establish the New World Order of totalitarian control. This will be a world designed for Satan and the Antichrist!

It’s not rocket science and any ordinary person can observe quite readily how corrupted the ways of men are currently and that it’s a given each day with all of the crime, flesh sins, greed, hate, murder all increasing exponentially, which are just some of the obvious signs of mankind’s inclination toward evil. This is way beyond just being an uphill battle to believe man on his own can reach some pinnacle successfully to “transform humanity” into some “idyllic state of wonderful existence!” But we hear maniacs like the totally insane communist minded Bernie Sanders along with countless Biden minions of the Democrat Tyrant party talk about having an opportunity to “fundamentally transform America” into their vision of what would be great for all of its citizenry! These are the ranting’s of the kind of propaganda that maniacs like Pol Pot, or Mao Zedong, Joseph Stalin, Vladimir Lenin, Karl Marx along with now many such mad dog lunatics in our US Government Congress, and throughout the society in the educational system, as well in many social agencies calling themselves Socialists or Progressives!

These things are a good gauge or barometer in a sense of a crumbling civilization as the evil within the hearts and minds of men is flourishing throughout the world, already causing massive damage and death to millions of innocent persons and this is all work of the Devil, as it has nothing to do with God Almighty and Jesus Christ! I hate to inform you that now with the advent of high technology coupling AI and Digital control factors of the man-made systems tossed in; we are assuredly on a giant sinking ship; the soon to be “The Late Great Planet Earth.”

Genesis 6:5 “Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”

Jeremiah 17:9 “The heart is more deceitful than all else And is desperately sick; Who can understand it?”

Jeremiah 7:24 “Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but walked in their own counsels and in the stubbornness of their evil heart, and went backward and not forward.”

Psalm 141:4 “Do not incline my heart to any evil thing, To practice deeds of wickedness With men who do iniquity; And do not let me eat of their delicacies.”

Genesis 8:21 “The Lord smelled the soothing aroma; and the Lord said to Himself, “I will never again curse the ground on account of man, for the intent of man’s heart is evil from his youth; and I will never again destroy every living thing, as I have done.”

Psalm 14:2-4 “The LORD looks down from heaven upon the sons of men to see if any understand, if any seek God. 3All have turned away, they have together become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one. 4Will the workers of iniquity never learn? They devour my people like bread; they refuse to call upon the LORD.”

Psalm 53:1-3 The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, and their ways are vile; there is no one who does good. 2 God looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. 3 everyone has turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one.”

Psalm 94:11 “The Lord knows the thoughts of man, that they are a mere breath.”

Jeremiah 17:9-10 “The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; who can understand it? 10 “I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give to each man according to his ways, According to the results of his deeds.

Matthew 15:18-19 “But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man. 19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders.”

Mark 7:19-23 “19because it does not enter his heart, but it goes into the stomach and then is eliminated.” (Thus all foods are clean.) 20 He continued: “What comes out of a man, that is what defiles him. 21For from within the hearts of men come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, 22greed, wickedness, deceit, debauchery, envy, slander, arrogance, and foolishness. 23All these evils come from within, and these are what defile a man.”

nothing is impossible with God

Simple Truth; why else did God Almighty send Jesus Christ! Because mankind on its own and continuing to carry on as from the beginning is a Lost Cause and Hopeless; doomed to complete failure with utter self-destruction; this is a given! Death is the Net Result for humans that go it alone, and are not converted to be “Disciples of Jesus Christ!”

Isaiah 55: 7-9 “7Let the wicked man forsake his own way and the unrighteous man his own thoughts; let him return to the LORD, that He may have compassion, and to our God, for He will freely pardon. 8“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. 9“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so My ways are higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.”

2 Timothy 3:12 “Those who try to live a godly life because they believe in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.”

Mark 10:28–30 “28 Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee. 29 Jesus said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or mother, or father, or children, or lands, for my sake, and for the gospel’s sake, 30 but he shall receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.”

John 16:33 “I have said this to you, so that in me you may have peace. In the world you face persecution. But take courage; I have conquered the world!”

Romans 2; 13-15 “13For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but it is the doers of the law who will be declared righteous. 14Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. 15So they show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts either accusing or defending them.”

Romans 8:11 “But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.”

Romans 8: 13-15 “13For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15For you did not receive a spirit of slavery that returns you to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”

Matthew 15:2-20 Then some Pharisees and teachers of the law came to Jesus from Jerusalem and asked, 2 “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don’t wash their hands before they eat!”
3 Jesus replied, “And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition? 4 For God said, ‘Honor your father and mother’[a] and ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.’[b] 5 But you say that if anyone declares that what might have been used to help their father or mother is ‘devoted to God,’ 6 they are not to ‘honor their father or mother’ with it. Thus you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition. 7 You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you:
8 “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.
9 They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.’[c]”
10 Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen and understand. 11 What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.”
12 Then the disciples came to him and asked, “Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this?”
13 He replied, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots. 14 Leave them; they are blind guides.[d] If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.” 15 Peter said, “Explain the parable to us.”
16 “Are you still so dull?” Jesus asked them. 17 “Don’t you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body? 18 But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them. 19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. 20 These are what defile a person; but eating with unwashed hands does not defile them.”

In many ways living in this decadent over the top loaded to the hilt with temptations world, is like a giant better mouse trap that Satan has relished in its development and coming, knowing that after a person is saved that the struggle against sin really heats up in his or her life to now even suicidal levels, as we can plainly see multitudes playing games and silly chasing of their own tails or those of others all day in the cyber world of click bait nonsensical rubbish thinking they are doing something substantive when going by the numbers and appearances; the “Ways of the World” accolades that are totally fool’s gold being so intoxicating and toxic; leading many to perdition. Just look at Taylor Swift who even portrays a Whore of Babylon in her music videos for this Beast System that owns her and will take her soul to hell unless she completely reverses course! Then the epitome of what I say here in a man called Joe Biden, America’s very own Man of Perdition, who has slipped so deeply down into the chasm of corruption he now lives in for over 50 years this is obviously no exercise in reading the writing on the wall, or no strain for any sensible mind; to see what condition our global condition is in, and all the while the moron politicians keep stoking the flames of hell as they say wait till the next election; we’ll fix this mess! Bull SHIT!

All people are born with a nature that is bent and prone toward sin, which is why children don’t need to be taught how to misbehave or be brats; that comes naturally. When a person is converted and even wants to walk as Jesus instructs us to do, the sin nature does not disappear! So then the internal conflict begins in the life of every believer. We are in a struggle which I say we are not free from or one where we can’t rest on our laurels thinking we got it made by virtue of any of our accomplishments or claim to be faithful, because we are not “home free” until we sit before God in judgment, and then and only then our truest intents are all sorted out bringing our own deserved net result! People today are way too nonchalant and thinking they got it figured, or so they deceive themselves to think so! Frittering and wasting their time away in “Ways of The World” allowing themselves to be fully incorporated and corrupted by it; that is a doomed person on the “Wide Road to Perdition!”

I tell you now mark my words and pay attention fully, for your own sake; this is what Jesus warned about because it’s absolutely true!

Matthew 7:14-15 “13 Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14But small is the gate and narrow the way that leads to life, and only a few find it. 15Beware of false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.”

We’ve heard the term and even seen a movie about a “Run Away Train;” and such a thing has too much of its own inertia to be slowed or stopped before it runs off the rails or turns into a complete and utter total train wreck! So too, many people in this artificial running rampant world of man’s own devices or concoctions, which now has “a mind of its own” not leading to any happy eternal conclusion for those who don’t recognize their own folly and lack of true devoted hearts to God!

John 5:41-43 “41I do not accept glory from men, 42but I know you, that you do not have the love of God within you. 43I have come in My Father’s name, and you have not received Me; but if someone else comes in his own name, you will receive him.”

Psalm 37:3-5 “3Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. 4Delight yourself in the LORD, and He will give you the desires of your heart. 5Commit your way to the LORD; trust in Him, and He will do it.”

God bless.
Brother in Christ Jesus,
Lawrence Morra III

ThinkingWest

2012, Apocalypto, Mad Max – we’ve all seen disaster movies depicting the chaotic events that lead to civilizational collapse. Often the events portrayed are cataclysmic, thrilling, and unexpected, resulting in great loss of life and destruction of property. We allow our imagination to run wild with possibilities when we envision society crumbling. Even so, throughout history there are numerous examples to draw upon in addition to those that we can conjure in our minds. History is riddled with the bones and buildings of past civilizations that didn’t survive. Their skeletal ruins are a warning to those that err to follow in their now-fossilized footsteps. Therefore it’s healthy for any society to reflect upon their present circumstance and ensure that they aren’t trodding down a well-worn path towards obsolescence. In this spirit we look back through history and explore selected causes that have contributed to civilizations’ declines and remain…

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Author: Lawrence Morra

Have worked in creative and news visual media as a photographer or cameraman and this POV has given me a better insight or view of the world. The Cameraman's POV. His Perspective on many things. All content on this site is copyrighted© by Lawrence Morra/Zero Lift-Off. All rights reserved. Email: lmor3@aol.com

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