Sexual norms will be out the window, and the world will become increasingly confused about morality and God’s design for sex and gender (Romans 1:18-32). Fulfilled/Happening Now.
Romans 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the Lord thy God.
Matthew 18:6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
Mark 9:42 And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.
Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.
The New Normal, Permanent LGBTQIA2S+ (5) Depravity, Deception, Delusion, Defiance and Denial Against God’s Plan for Human Procreation; ‘There Was a Time When These Pictures Were a Secret. Now, They’ll Finally Be Celebrated the Way They Deserve.’ (Not)
Bill Shapirom Fri, October 9, 2020, 6:30 AM EDT Esquire
Two guys walk into a junk shop. It’s a lazy Sunday, after church, and they aren’t looking for anything in particular. Just looking. Past used armchairs, paintings, kitschy trinkets—and then one of them spots a small box of black-and-white photos, maybe 10 of them, old and faded, edges roughed-up. One picture stands out: two men, in front of a house, arms wrapped around each other. It’s got to be a hundred years old, but the look in their eyes? Timeless. And unambiguous.
When they stumbled across that photo, Neal Treadwell, who works in the cosmetics industry, and Hugh Nini, a teacher at the Joffrey Ballet, had been together eight years, and they recognized the look immediately. They snapped up the photo. And, in the 20 years since, they’ve snapped up nearly 3,000 vintage photos of men in love with men. Now they’re releasing Loving, a book of more than 300 pictures from their collection, dating from before the Civil War to just after WWII, that, in image after image, captures connections so deep—and radiates happiness so pure—it simply overtakes you.
To some, these are just old snapshots, or “found photos,” left behind by their owners for reasons unknown. But Treadwell and Nini refer to them as “unlikely survivors of a world that is only just beginning to catch up with them.” And paging through their book, it does feel like a small miracle that so many of these photos are here at all. How many could there have been to begin with? Perhaps the only thing that kept them safe was their owners’ wish to keep them secret, tucked away and spared from the hands of disapproving relatives and the scars of time and sunlight.
Here, Esquire selects a few favorites from Loving: A Photographic History of Men in Love, 1850s-1950s.
Where were these photos taken?
Many of the early images in the book were made by traveling photographers, who would pull up at a fair, a circus, or even a prayer meeting, and set up a studio tent. They often had a painted backdrop and a couple of props. Given the times, explains Nini, “There certainly was some element of risk for the men.” And yet, there were photographers—“and I’m sure the men knew who they were,” says Treadwell—that would photograph the men like any another couple, and help them pose in a certain way to let them express themselves. The image above is likely from between 1890 and 1910.
Sometimes an umbrella is not just an umbrella.
Flipping through the book, one thing you’ll notice, in addition to the fact that many of the pictures look like they could have been taken yesterday, is umbrellas. What’s that all about? It’s a visual code that, to those in the know, signifies romantic involvement. “We didn’t think anything of the first umbrella photo we found. We thought it was just an umbrella,” says Nini. “But then we kept seeing them. It’s a deliberately coded message.” Interestingly, it’s a message that crossed borders: Their collection includes umbrella shots from the U.S., Germany, Bulgaria, and Serbia. It also crossed the decades: “The earliest one we have is from the 1860s. And it goes all the way into the 1920s. It largely stops after that. No idea why.” This photo is probably from the 1910s.
They dressed for the occasion.
A hundred years ago, getting your picture taken was a special occasion, one worth cleaning up for. What you see in Loving is men who look like they took the carriage to the photo studio after a day on Wall Street, as well as those who seem to have come straight from the fields, pausing, perhaps, to brush a bit of dirt from their overalls. Sometimes they even dressed alike, perhaps to emphasize their close connection—as in this picture from the late 1800s, where the men wore bow ties, popped their collars, and rolled up not only their sleeves but their pant cuffs. “You normally wouldn’t see someone go to that extent to match perfectly,” says Treadwell. “They went the extra mile.”
A little body language goes a long way.
How can you tell when two men are in love as opposed to close friends hanging out, well, closely? Treadwell and Nini operated on the you-know-it-when-you-see-it principle: the telltale look in their eyes. “There’s a softness that happens in the face and then the eyes,” says Nini. “There’s a sense of contentment.” Sometimes the glimmer wasn’t there but the body language told the story, as in this “Honeymoon Special” arcade-style image shot against a painted set. Here, the gents could have been mistaken for old friends, except for a solitary right index finger.
There was plenty of love during wartime.
“Military couples, from all over the world, make up a disproportionate number in our collection,” says Nini. As much as 20 percent. They have many photos of Army and Navy men from WWII, but also some going back to the Civil War. “It makes sense,” he says. “If you were a man who is destined to fall in love with another man, the military was a good place to be.” But this particular photo is a rarity in part because of all the information it offers—their names are written on the image, it’s dated—but also because the men are Black. “There are,” says Nini, “very few romantic African American photos.”
They were ready, willing, but not able.
Some pictures in Loving demonstrate gooey warmth. Some a deep tenderness. This one, from about 1905, displays uncommon bravery. Photographers kept props and signs on hand to lighten the mood, maybe generate a bit more business. This preprinted sign, says Nini, was typically reserved for a single guy coming in and announcing to the ladies that he’s in the market. But the young men here have cannily changed the sign’s meaning from advertisement to proclamation. Imagine being in your late teens, maybe early 20s, in this era, and making this kind of statement with this kind of confidence in your eye. “It’s just an astonishing display of clarity about what they meant to one another at such a young age,” says Nini. How do we know these young men were a couple? A companion photo features them holding an umbrella.
Celebrating love, ’60s-style
In 1860, Abraham Lincoln was elected president, the Pony Express began delivering mail, and this image was snapped. It’s the oldest in the book.
They document a hidden history.
Treadwell and Nini believe this photo—dated some 115 years before the Marriage Equality Act became law—may be the first documented marriage between two men. It’s all there: The “minister,” the ring, the bible, and, of course, the umbrella. The photographer serves as the witness. This photograph, says Treadwell, “is especially important to us because it says that Hugh and I, and the way we feel about each other, isn’t anything new. We can document these feelings and dreams going back to the beginning of photography.”
It was a time of reflection.
While the love between two men might have been secret, memorializing it in a picture required someone to actually take the picture. There was some risk to that, and the first modern photo booth, with its promise of privacy, didn’t pop up until 1925. Which is why this image is special. Treadwell and Nini call it “perhaps the first selfie of a romantic male couple.” Posing in front of a mirror, the men use an automatic shutter trip; you can see the squeeze-ball that triggers the shutter. Nini believes this may be the Faries Shutter Tripper, patented by Robert Faries in1902.
Does love last?
The couples in these pictures: What happened to them? “Some probably made it,” says Nini. “Some probably didn’t.” We can never know what happened outside of the frame, those moments of romance, of courage, defiance, and heartbreak that make up a life. What we know is that, at least in that split-second blink of the camera’s eye, there was a moment that sure looked like love.
Night Watchman Note; We are to ‘be watchful’ in helping to understand today’s events as related to biblical prophecy. That is what ‘watchmen or women’ do. Jesus made clear that when He actually does come for His disciples, His wise and faithful servants would be aware of the time because they would be watching. They would know the season of the times by WATCHING those things ‘coming to pass or occurring’ as Jesus said they would. The ‘BENCHMARK SIGN(s)’ always point towards Israel / Jacob. God’s prophetic timepiece. The FALSE PEACE COVENANT confirmed by the Prince/Beast among MENA (the many) is the ‘key sign’ of the times or the season of the times. Yes, we are in that period. The Prince/Beast will likely confirm and enhance the current ‘normalization’ agreement with Jacob to be a ‘peace’ agreement, to be extended to 7 years from the current 5 years, to include some agreement permitting the rebuilding of the third temple in exchange for ‘some portion of Jerusalem.’ The current ‘investment’ period for the Palestinians stands at five (5) years. This will likely occur AFTER the Bride, Disciples or True Church is removed from the earth via the Rapture / Harpazo / Redemption / ‘Twinkling’.
Seven (7) References to ‘BE WATCHING or WATCHFUL.’
Matthew 24:42; Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
Matthew 25:13; Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
Mark 13:35; Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning.
Luke 21:36; Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man
Luke 12:37-39; Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them.And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through.
Revelation 15:15; Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.
John 13:19 Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I am he.
John 14:29 And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe.
Luke 21:31 So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.
Mark 13:29 So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors.
Luke 21:28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
Revelation 1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:
1 Thessalonians 5:2-4; For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. (Be Watching and Know).
‘Increasing Like Labor Pains.’ ‘Fearful Sights.’ ‘Perilous Times.’ ‘Men’s hearts failing with fear.’ Great Convergence of Signs.’ REDEMPTION IMMINENT.
In His Service,
Night Watchman Ministries
Make Your Decision for Christ NOW!!!!!!! Time is Up!!!!!!!
Jesus Christ’s Offer of Salvation:
The ABCs of Salvation through Jesus Christ (the Lamb)
A. Admit/Acknowledge/Accept that you are sinner. Ask God’s forgiveness and repent of your sins.
. . . “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23).
. . . “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.” (Romans 3:10).
. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8).
B. Believe Jesus is Lord. Believe that Jesus Christ is who He claimed to be; that He was both fully God and fully man and that we are saved through His death, burial, and resurrection. Put your trust in Him as your only hope of salvation. Become a son or daughter of God by receiving Christ.
. . . “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:15-17). For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13).
C. Call upon His name, Confess with your heart and with your lips that Jesus is your Lord and Savior.
. . . “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10).
. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (John 1:8-10).
. . . “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (John 2:2).
. . . “In this was manifested the love of god toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.” (1 John 4:9, 14-15).
. . . “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” (Romans 5:8-10).
. . . “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23).
. . . “Jesus saith unto them, I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6).
. . . “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth.” (Romans 1:16).
. . . “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts: 4:12).
. . . “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth for there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 2:4-6).
. . . “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:9).
. . . “But as many as received him, to them gave the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” (John 1:12).
True Church / Bride of Christ Spared from God’s Wrath:
Romans 5:8-10. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.”
Romans 12:19. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
1 Thessalonians 1:10. And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.
1 Thessalonians 5:9. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
Romans 8:35. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Jeremiah 30:7. Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.
Revelation 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
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