When one considers all the pejorative connotations attributed to "sheep" in reference to the peculiar propensities of the human species itself to be blindly led, cajoled, bamboozled, "fleeced" or other wise taken advantage of, the immediate contradistinction arises, namely that same simile is applied in both the New and Old Testaments numerous times to the person of the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ. To this we can add His own appraisal of the human race itself in its entirely as a "flock" of sheep without a shepherd. Indeed in His rôle as both sheep and shepherd we experience the mystery of the incarnation in its fulfillment.
The allusions to sheep in the Bible are plentiful, beginning perhaps with the tale of Abraham and his son Isaac. As Isaac trudged up the slopes of Mount Moriah with the wood of sacrifice on his back he asked his father where the sheep for the holocaust was. In prophetic utterance Abraham said "My son, God will provide himself a lamb for the burnt offering" When Abraham was forestalled by the angel from effecting the sacrifice of his son Isaac commanded by Jahweh, he spied a ram with its horns tangled in a bush which he then sacrificed in Isaac's stead, prefiguring the sacrifice of His own Son in expiation for the sins of mankind. That Christ stands in the place of man as a "sacrifice acceptable to the Father" is the basic tenet of Christianity. As such He is the "innocent Lamb led to the slaughter"(Isaiah 53:10) mute, powerless and yielding His divinity and human nature in the place of mankind which owes a debt to the Almighty for Original Sin, the legacy of Adam and Eve's disobedience in the Garden of Eden.
The next and perhaps most important prefigurement of the redemptive act is in the book of Exodus 12/13, when Yahweh commanded the Israelites to sacrifice an "unblemished lamb eaten with unleavened bread and bitter herbs"and whose blood was to be smeared on their lintels to spare them from the final plague of judgement on the gods of Egypt, namely the destruction by the Angel of Death of the first born of every man, woman, and beast of Egypt. Seeing the blood of the lamb on the doorpost, the Angel of Death would "passover" all of the House of Israel, causing Pharaoh to release the Hebrews from the long enslavement of their Pharaonic captivity. Again the lamb prefigures the perfect and eternal sacrifice of Calvary where the Lamb of God redeems corrupt mankind by a bloody sacrifice and frees us from our bondage to sin.
The references in Scripture referring to the lamb and sheep proceed from the numerous allusions in the prophetic book of Isaiah which again prefigure the Messiah and His pure innocent and spotless nature, free of the blemish of sin. In the New Testament, the allusions become even more direct and come to involve mankind as well, foreshadowed by Isaiah 53:16, "We are all like sheep have gone astray" thus invoking the propensity of sheep to wander, go astray and become lost which in their defenseless and innocent nature exposes them to the dangers not only of starving and of thirst but also of predators.
Sheep depend on the care of the shepherd who guides and guards with his rod and staff. And thus we have in Psalm 95 " For He is our God and we are his people , the flock He shepherds". Thus Christ assumes His destined rôle as the Good Shepherd who "lays down His life for His sheep". He pities the throngs who follow Him and languish in hunger and thirst "like sheep without a shepherd" (Matthew 9:36) and even abandons the entire flock to search out one lost sheep (Matthew 18:12-13). And of course, there are the "false prophets , who come to you in sheep's clothing but underneath are wolves on the prowl"(Matthew 7:15) and finally "The hireling-who is no shepherd or owner of the sheep-catches sight of the wolf coming and runs away, leaving the sheep to be snatched and scattered by the wolf. That is because he works for pay; he has no concern for the sheep" (John 10:12)
Aside from the profound spiritual dimension of these images, I felt the need to preface the following remarks with a brief overview of the significance of the sheep and the shepherd in biblical lore as it assumes a particular and important contemporary relevance to the events now unfolding in what many believe to be the inevitable and imminent collapse of our nation as we know it. I refer specifically to the depiction of the American people as a species of sheep or "sheeple" who in their blindness, credulity and misplaced trust are being led to destruction. That the wolves in sheep's clothing are usually identified with "the powers that be" comes as no surprise. That the appearance of benevolence and paternal concern for the welfare of the citizenry generally associated with the government belies the transparent attempts on the part of state power to manipulate and exploit the populace for the attainment of a starkly criminal agenda should also be no secret. The oft repeated quotation from Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels is proverbial in the expression of this:
As one picture is worth a thousand words, this illustration from David Dees, whose striking images find a wide currency across the Internet on such sites as Rense.com, InfoWars.com and Prisonplanet.com, pretty well sums up the attitude of many who see the United States under assault from the the various conspiratorial cabals associated with the so-called New World Order which is attempting to bring about a one world global governance with the active connivance of a camarilla of plotters within the U.S. government. Barack Obama is but the most recent political emanation of the nefarious conspiracy merging seamlessly with the Clintons and Bushes to deliver the nation into the hands of elitist international bankers. freemasons, Zionists and Illuminati.
As is readily noticed in Dees photomontages, the flock of sheep is watched over by some very unsavory personages indeed, including the requisite political and media demagogues and a threatening turbaned figure alluding to the archetypal jihadist terrorist no doubt. We can imagine all the menacing visages as representative of the "hireling" who intends to not lead the sheep astray so much, but to "run away" and abandon them to the sanguinary fate which inevitably awaits them. Perhaps the turbaned figure lurking in the background himself is the ravening predator wolf which the "hirelings" are protecting all of us from.
No matter what the particular political stripe or persuasion, the common theme in all of the respective weltanshauung is indeed the specter of some shadowy and nefarious evil lurking in the recesses of some hidden redoubt, incessantly plotting and scheming to enact some new and ever more malicious abomination on the sheepfold, which the ever vigilant shepherd is attempting to counteract, interdict, or prevent. Whether the bogeyman is a jihadist with explosive underwear or shoes or a Bilderberger bent on world governance, the alarum must be sounded, the flock gathered and sheltered and the defensive measures undertaken.
The poor sheep meanwhile are defenseless and helpless.They are herded together or scattered or snatched by the wolf who makes so bold as to feign his sheepishness, to come among the flock and thereby deceive the shepherd. Sheep cannot do anything on their own. They must be guided and guarded. Ultimately they are just so much mutton. Whether the wolf or the owner, they provide a tasty meal or warm clothing or as in the wolf's case a very effective dissemblance. Just look at them as they meander aimlessly through their lives, inspiring either pity or disgust or simply the desire to sate the appetite with their tender, succulent and ever yielding flesh. Especially notice the two or three young and fleshy sheep and their looks of sheepish stupefaction directly to Obama's right as he moves so confidently among his flock. Is he only the hireling, or is he perhaps the wolf himself with the cunning and well crafted disguise fooling the ever compliant and unquestioning lambs. I think we can certainly be assured that he is not the "Good Shepherd".
WOLVES AT THE DOOR
Of course there are others about who seek to warn us of this looming and fatal dissimulation. Below is one of these "watchmen" who seek to guide and protect the flock from the predations of the New World Order wolves in sheep's clothing or the hirelings who conspire to set themselves up as true guardians and shepherds only to abandon the flock to "be snatched and scattered by the wolf". His name is Al Cuppet.
Mr Cuppet's pedigree reveals a very interesting, rich and illustrious history with the U.S. Military and Intlelligence establishment. Make no mistake about it, Al Cuppet is one hard-assed SOB you wouldn't want to mess with. He is also a born again Christian of the Messianic Jewish variety who has taken it upon himself to raise the alarm about the New World Order scheme to take over the United States and send American citizens to FEMA concentration camps complete with gas chambers housed in abandoned transit facilities. government installations, derelict rail yard terminals etc. There was and interesting little web site some months ago which seems to have disappeared (as predicted) called St. Birgitta.com which broadcasted some very evocative videos concerning these FEMA camps sprouting up all across the nation.
The video claimed its information came from a high level military asset who revealed that some weeks prior to martial law being declared, certain individuals were to be rounded up and taken by military SWAT teams at 4 a.m. in the morning, usually on the 13th of the month, trundled into vans, taken to helicopters and flown to your local FEMA camp where they will be mercifully dispatched in the waiting gas chambers at the appropriate facilities. Supposedly, there are three lists coded alternately Red, Blue, and Pink (?) which contain the names of persons targeted for immediate elimination (Red), those who will be rounded up after martial law is declared and subsequently interned, most of them also slated for execution (Blue) and finally the masses who have no knowledge or interest in the NWO and who can be expected to compliantly accept the rigors which the elite seek to impose upon them (Pink). This final category is of course the mute, unquestioning and forever docile flock of "sheeple" who are being led to the slaughter by their NWO shepherds, but presumably in no great hurry.
We can assume, rightly I think, that Mr. Cuppet is the high level military source referred to in the St Birgitta video which itself caused no little amount of consternation among many denizens of the web and received quite a bit of attention. The so-called Rex 84 plan is all too real and has received increasing attention since the testimony by Oliver North during the Iran/Contra hearings concerning classified plans for Continuity of Government (COG) entailing the use of detention camps to house U.S. citizens in the event of a national emergency. FEMA "relocation camps" are indeed proliferating across the nation and Mr. Cuppet, among many others, has gained notoriety for his detailed and frightening accounts of government plans regarding these "concentration camps", complete with tales of the now infamous railroad transport cars with manacles and shackles welded in place and portable guillotines all awaiting their projected unfortunate victims.
Along with the likes of Steve Quayle and Alex Jones, Cuppet has never tired of recounting his warnings concerning the plans of the New World Order. Oddly enough though, as of late these sentinels have acquired the status of the little boy crying wolf., and one wonders whether, given the very real nature of the threats which they have constantly undertaken to expose, these alarums are consciously meant to lull the persons who have given them hearing into the same fatal complacency which such habitual and repeated warnings seem to naturally induce. Could it be that Cuppet, Quayle and Jones are "hirelings"? Quayle and Jones for their part have made vast fortunes plying their scaremongering trade. All three of them, along with active militia members such as the insidious and suspect Mark Koernke, continually assume requisite religious postures, characterizing themselves as prophetic servants of the Almighty on a chosen mission to save the flock from the predations of the evil one. Aside from any outright and crucial relevance of the arguable truth of their assertions, this starkly Manichean outlook panders to the ignorance and suggestibility of the "sheeple" in the same manner and to the same purpose as their supposed NWO adversaries.