The Meaning of "The Man Comes Around" by Johnny Cash

Wesleyan Arminian

“The Man Comes Around” is a song about judgment day. It was released in 2002, and was the title song for Johnny Cash’s last album. The song has numerous Biblical references, many of which are cryptic.

And I heard, as it were, the noise of thunder: One of the four beasts saying: “Come and see.” And I saw. And behold, a white horse.

This is a quote from Revelation 6:1-2. It references John’s vision of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse, who bring disaster at the end of the world.

There’s a man going round taking names. And he decides who to free and who to blame. Everybody won’t be treated all the same. There’ll be a golden ladder reaching down. When the man comes around.

The “man going round taking names” has double meaning. It is a reference to a song by folk singer Lead Belly

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How One Lone Dutchman Put An End to Christianity

Biblical Landmarks

There are two things that get people upset: taxation and famine. Put them together and you have a mixture ready to make war.

This was the case in the mid 1630’s in the Shimabara Peninsula and Amakusa Islands regions in Japan. The area at that time was predominantly Christian; at one time under the lordship of the Amari family who were Christians. They were ousted in 1614 and the new lord, Matsukura Shigemasa, had plans to advance himself within the shogunate hierarchy.

Things have not changed much in centuries, because the way to ingratiate yourself as a public official is to have a public works campaign, one that impresses people. So Matsukura Shigemasa planned a new public works program, restoring old castles and planning new ones. But the public works needed to be financed; taxation was increased. So also was a ban on Christianity, and Christians were repressed violently. Nearby…

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Shimabara Rebellion – The Christian Uprising that wasn’t One

MyLittle Dejima

20150929_Shiro Amakusa 5Amakusa Shirou (天草 四郎・あまくさ しろう) as he is often portrayed – a young and handsome teenager of fair skin in Western fashion, laying his protecting hands over the lands. His is appearance in reality likely to be quite a different one – read why, later in the post.

In this post I talk about the Shimabara Rebellion (島原の乱・しまばらのらん) that took place in Japan in the years of 1637-38, pretty much at the beginning of the Edo Period (江戸時代・えどじだい; from 1603-1868), my favorite era in Japanese history. This is going to be my first historical article on MyLittle Dejima and I am happy this particular topic marks the starting point of my journey💓. I hope to be able to write more about historical accounts in the future and to share my findings with readers on this blog. Conducting research 📚🔬 was one of the main purposes in setting up this page and it is…

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An excursus on the Synod of Whitby (AD 664) and Celtic Christianity

the pocket scroll

Whitby Abbey

As I travel through the messiness that is church history from Constantine to the Reformation, hunting for those whom the institutional church hunted, I would like to branch off on the cusp of the big issues of the Middle Ages to bring to you …

The Synod of Whitby

Why is the Synod of Whitby worth bold letters in the centre of the page? Because the popular myth that surrounds Whitby, one that is intimately linked with modern visions of the ‘Celtic Church’, is that in 664, when King Oswiu and Northumberland chose to follow the current Roman calculations for Easter, they became ‘aligned’ with the Roman Church against the ‘Celtic’ Church in a clash of civilisations and worldviews. It was free-spirited Celt vs bureaucratic, legalistic Roman. Many people call 664 the end of Celtic Christianity. If you’re interested in Celtic spirituality, don’t look any later than this.

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Review: Silence (2016)

Silence is a masterpiece! I saw it repeatedly and learned and grew from each viewing. Andrew Garfield is incredible in Silence! Far greater acting than in Hacksaw Ridge. Silence is the movie he should have been nominated for Best Actor in! This movie will be a classic forever! Thank you for your vision to make this Martin Scorsese. The world is too shallow to appreciate your masterwork! I personally cannot thank you and the cast and crew enough! Brilliant!


Martin Scorsese once exclaimed that he had wanted to make Silence for close to twenty years, but felt that he was not a good enough director to pull it off at the time.  Fast forward years later and here we are, Scorsese’s passion project has finally come to the big screen.  The following review for this 1600’s epic will be spoiler free.  Make sure to comment at the bottom of the page with your own thoughts.

Silence, as mentioned before, is directed by Martin Scorsese and stars Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, and Liam Neeson.  We follow the journey of two Jesuit priests, Father Rodrigues and Father Francisco Garrpe (Garfield, Driver) as they journey to Japan in search of their mentor Father Ferreira (Neeson) in a time where the presence of Christianity was outlawed.  Throughout their travels, the priests’ faith gets tested in ways they never thought imagined as they deal…

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A Modern Ophelia

Like Barley Bending

This is the John Everett Millais classic painting of Ophelia drowned (from Shakespeare’s Hamlet)

John Everett Millais Ophelia

I found this at an gallery in Houston,TX  by Brooke Shaden.  Her photo is an update of this lovely painting.  There are striking similarities as well as differences, but there is a continuity between the two that spoke to me.

Her Burial – Brooke Shaden

The next photo really spoke to me – completing the series.

The Aftermath

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