“What if I told you everything you know is a lie?” … everything, including the fact that Morpheus never actually said that in “The Matrix”.
This is an example of the Mandela Effect. But what is that?
“The Mandela effect is an observed phenomenon in which a large segment of the population misremembers a significant event or shares a memory of an event that did not actually occur.” – source
George Washington chopping down a cherry tree is an example of the Mandela effect and Humphrey Bogart never said the line “play it again Sam”. He said “if you could play it for her you can play it for me so play it Sam play it again.”
The Mandela “effect” is a popular topic on the internet, having the effect of making people doubt reality.
“Is everything an illusion?”
In truth, much of our reality is a collection of social constructs. As “truthers” (for lack of a better word) we attempt to disentangle ourselves from this web of deceit in order to find our way to organic reality.
But the Mandela effect is actually nothing more than an example of how memory works as opposed to how we think it works. This is important to understand, because our social engineers understand it quite well and actively use it to steer public perception in a false way. We’ve all heard the quote by Joseph Goebbels,
“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”
The reliability of the quote has been questioned by some and said to have come from Hitler’s book “Mein Kampf” under the section”große Lüge” in which he wrote,
“But the most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly and with unflagging attention. It must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over. Here, as so often in this world, persistence is the first and most important requirement for success.”
You get the point. Relentlessly repeated “facts” are believed. Take 9/11 for example; how many times did you see the videos of the hologram “planes” hitting the towers on the News? The more times we see something, especially when the event is combined with traumatic emotion, the more apt it is to be ingrained in our mind as concrete fact and the harder it will be to see it any other way. Another example is the current PANDEMIC that is nothing more than a severe flu with grossly inflated statistics which are blasted at us every time we make the mistake (don’t do it!) of turning on the TV News.
Another problem with the way our mind learns and remembers “facts” is that we think we remember things as they were, but in fact, we remember our memories of events, and those memories can be changed. Taking another example from the News, there is the trademark evolving narrative of false flag shootings.
“It was a lone shooter.”
“The second shooter is still at large.”
“The lone shooter shot himself.”
The viewer, in his stupified flicker-rate induced hypnotic state, has a fleeting moment of thought; “wasn’t there only one shooter?” but just as quickly, the thought is dismissed to avoid cognitive dissonance and because this is the News! – these are trusted professionals!
To illustrate how flawed our memories are, who hasn’t experienced something like this when discussing a memory with an old friend?
“That was a great day at the beach.” “No, it was the lake.”
“Mark was there.” “No, he didn’t come along that day.”
I actually had a conversation like this with a friend just the other night.
Daniela Schiller of Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and her former colleagues from New York University says that, our memories are not only faulty, but that they change each time something is recalled. In other words, what we recall is only a facsimile of past events.
We think of our memory as files in our brain, but according to Schiller, memory is more like a story that’s edited every time we tell it. With each re-telling, attached emotions alter and reshape the details.
God, in all likelihood, lovingly built this into the human brain to help us deal with trauma, to cope with the harsher realities that would otherwise be beyond our ability to bear. We are all familiar with the phrase that “Time heals.” In extreme trauma, like war or extreme abuse, the harshest of memories are sometimes completely separated from the conscious mind through suppression to allow the traumatized person to function in life. Typically, those suppressed memories come rearing their heads years later, needing to be dealt with. But for most of us, the details of our painful memories simply and kindly fade with time.
Unfortunately, this same function of our memory allows us to forget important things, like mighty miracles God has done in our life, which is why God had the Israelites erect an Ebenezer, or pile of stones to remember events where He miraculously delivered them.
“Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen, and called its name Ebenezer, saying, ‘Thus far the Lord has helped us.’” (1 Samuel 7:12)
This is why we are exhorted to seek Him DAILY. To be in His Word DAILY. How often we open the pages of our Bible to read inspiring words of hope that we have read before and have them brought freshly to our minds again! “Oh Lord! Thank you! How did I forget?”
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness. (Lam 3:22-23)
There are Youtube videos and articles blaming the Mandela Effect for misquoted scriptures, probably the most popular one being Isaiah 11:6, which is erroneously believed by many, if not most, to read,
“The Lion lays down with the lamb.”
You probably think that’s what it says. Don’t feel bad, I did too.
But open your Bible and look it up. You’ll find that Isaiah 11:6 actually reads:
“The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.” (Is 11:6)
It is repeated in chapter 65:
“The WOLF and the lamb shall graze together; the lion shall eat straw like the ox, and dust shall be the serpent’s food.
They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain,” says the LORD. (Isaiah 65:25)
“OH NO!” You say “It’s the Mandela effect!”
But again, the question is “what exactly IS the Mandela effect?” Youtubers and Mandela Effect conspiracy theorists (nothing against conspiracy theorists) say the effect is caused by things like alternate realities, time travel, quantum scientifism… all of which are occult concepts… The people holding to these theories claim that Mandala Effect proves that the Bible has been changed.
“Poof! It’s magic! My Bible has been changed!”
“Poor little Christian. You can’t trust your Bible!”
Going back to Isaiah 11:6 we do find a lamb and lion in the same passage but just not relation to each other.
“The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb,
and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together;
and a little child shall lead them.” (Is 11:6)
I can’t remember where I first HEARD “the lion lays down with the lamb” but I know I DIDN’T READ IT. I couldn’t have read it, because it isn’t possible. The Bible offers no hint at alternate realities or time travel.
No, I never read it. We never read it. We HEARD IT QUOTED and we call to mind IMAGES we’ve seen of a lion and lamb lying together, depicting the dispensational, futurist Millennial Reign, which is depicted as a time during which all carnivorous animals will be come vegetarians. So, I don’t think this is just an accidental misquoting that became popular. Given what we know now about memory, that’s entirely possible, but in this particular case, I think there’s more to it.
In this day where deception is on hyper-drive, we KNOW that selected things are DELIBERATELY AND REPEATEDLY MISQUOTED to FORM DESIRED PERCEPTIONS, resulting in the uncomfortable state of COGNITIVE DISSONANCE when we hear the truth. (That’s why people are so resistant to embracing new realities that alter their worldview.)
Another good example of this is the fairytale 1000mph spinning GLOBE we supposedly live on.
Not unlike the spinning globe deception, the “Lion and Lamb” picture/false memory also SERVES TO CAUSE PEOPLE TO DESTROY TRUST IN GOD’S WORD.
But just think of it! How much effort would it take to get the entire church to have a LION AND LAMB pictured in the minds of virtually all believers? (Well, OK, that pales in comparison to the spinning ball rocketing through non-existent outer space.)
The social engineers, aka puppet masters, aka elite, aka modern day pharoahs, who have served the serpent/devil/lucifer since the beginning of time, use everything at their avail, specifically our own make-up and weaknesses, to engineer public perception toward an empirical, godless one (ie. there is no God in 99% of television “programming”).
Where in scripture do we see a Lion and a Lamb? Jesus IS both the LION and the LAMB!
“I wept and wept and wept that no one was found able to open the scroll, able to read it. One of the Elders said, “Don’t weep. Look—the Lion from Tribe Judah, the Root of David’s Tree, has conquered. He can open the scroll, can rip through the seven seals….
I looked again. I heard a company of Angels around the Throne, the Animals, and the Elders—ten thousand times ten thousand their number, thousand after thousand after thousand in full song:
The slain Lamb is worthy!
Take the power, the wealth, the wisdom, the strength!
Take the honor, the glory, the blessing!
Then I heard every creature in Heaven and earth, in underworld and sea, join in, all voices in all places, singing:
To the One on the Throne! To the Lamb!
The blessing, the honor, the glory, the strength,
For age after age after age.
The Four Animals called out, “Oh, Yes!” The Elders fell to their knees and worshiped. (Rev 5:4-5, 11-14)
He came to this world as the LAMB OF GOD who took upon Himself the sins of the world, YOUR AND MINE, and sits enthroned in heaven as the LION OF JUDAH who will soon victoriously RETURN TO JUDGE THE WORLD on the FINAL DAY.
Yay! We can keep our lion and lamb paintings! 🙂
Just a thought. Who is being hidden in this Mandela effect/false memory?
But, what is the scripture actually saying and why is the wolf significant? According to Bible prophecy teacher Andrew Corbett,
“The Book of Isaiah employs metaphors. Metaphors are word pictures. The Promised Messiah is described in Isaiah as a “tender shoot” or a “root”. These word pictures of the Christ paint Him as the hope of Israel and One who would be born as a child and grow. The particular metaphors in question: the wolf, is frequently used in the Old Testament to speak of Israel’s enemies. For example, Jeremiah speaks of Israel’s enemies as a lion, a wolf, and a leopard.”
Israel is frequently described as lambs, or sheep. Jesus repeatedly referred to his followers as sheep.
Corbett explains that the wolf and lamb metaphor describes the New Covenant in Christ.
To speak of wolves and lambs laying down together, is to describe the effect of the New Covenant. That is, the largely ethnically-centred Old Covenant, would one day be replaced by the for-all-the-world-New-Covenant where Jew and (the previously hostile enemy) Gentiles are brought together under the same Covenant.
‘Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called “the uncircumcision” by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands— remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility.’ (Ephesians 2:11-14)
So, the metaphor in Isaiah 11 depicts that accomplishment of Christ and His cross which resulted in the New Covenant that made peace between formerly hostile enemies.
That New Covenant will be in place until the day when our Lord returns on that final day to wipe away every tear and bring eternal peace.
“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)
Until then, the wolf will lay down the lamb every time earthly enemies find a common bond in Jesus.