Rumpelstiltskin. The Conclusion.

 

The Successor.

There was a man in the kingdom that had grown in popularity over the years and appeared to be fanatically supportive of king Herbert and his policies. The king had been well pleased with this man for he had exposed a plot to depose of him some time earlier. This plot had led to the king divorcing his bride of such short time. After many months of prayer the king had picked this man who he knew that would be true to his memory. He trained him in all the ways that would ensure that his legacy would live on in the hearts of men. And a decree was put onto parchment and it was so.

And it was found one morning that the king was without breath. As those who had watched over him anticipating their next move in grabbing a piece of the kingdom, a commotion was about in the land. It has been said that at that time of the kings death a sudden stirring commotion rattled the empire. The lunatics amoung all the asylums of the kingdom began screaming in torment, slashing themselves and pounding their bloody hands onto the walls shouting ‘I am going under, I am going under! I am king Herbert and I’m going to hell!’ Among the many stories about the king, this indeed was one of the strangest ever heard in the land!

It came to pass that a grandiose funeral for the dead king was held. Dignitaries from outside kingdoms came to pay their respects to the king at that of his family. Also present were many of the governors from the inner chamber that once advised his holiness. As they gazed at the casket one could only wonder what they were thinking.

And the parchment was unsealed before all the people of the kingdom. And the final pronouncement of the dead king was read to all:

‘Hear all the words of His Majesty the King.’

‘There has been many men of my inner chamber who desire the power I yield.

Those who like wolves will try to lead you astray. Repel them and do not follow them. They will divide the kingdom and remove you from the graces of God.

Therefore, it is my will that the man of my choosing to lead you will ascend the throne. For my successor shall be Comrade Tkach. A true friend and a man who I hand pick as the next king. Obey him with your heart and with all your soul.’

And the people cheered with joy shouting ‘The King is dead, long live The King!’

Ascension to the Throne.

King Tkach was anointed with oil and took power over the kingdom. There was no undo fanfare as the people rejoiced in their new king. In all his glory it looked as if the kingdom would continue on as it has since the early days. The days of growth and prosperity would continue. Or so they thought.

The new king quickly consolidated his power, placing armed guards around the dead rulers cottage. Spending days rummaging thru his predecessors personal belongings, he came upon a wall that didn’t fit with the construction of the day. Picking up a mallet, he began to eagerly wield it. Stone upon stone fell to the floor until an opening was in place. Using a torch, king Tkach enter the chamber. The torch light gently played upon the walls and that of the priceless paintings that hung neatly from them. In a corner the king noticed a odd looking device that he recognized. It was the spinning wheel that his predecessor used to weave fairy tales into gold. In the final days of king Herbert he had watched from afar the workings of the wheel. Indeed he thought, ‘…if I use this wheel I will grow my wealth and power.’

Spinning the Wheel.

The Fairy who taught the former king how the wheel was to be worked suddenly appeared before king Tkach.

‘Your dominance, do you also wish to learn the secret to the wheel? For such knowledge I desire a small fee. A tit for tat if you will.’

The king responded,rumpelstiltskin_wheel

‘What is it you wish for that I might learn the secret of the wheel?’

‘Ahh’ spoke the Fairy.

‘For what I desire is the same as that of your predecessor was willing to freely handover. I desire your sons and daughters. Tell your servants that their children will be placed into the hands of their God. Then you shall spin the people and turn which is not yours into gold’.

With anger, the king loudly spoke:

‘This shall not be! I shall not need your services for I know how to work the wheel.’

And the Fairy replied:

‘Let it be as you wish. You will regret your decision for no man can do this work without an agreement’ 

“Poof!” And the Fairy disappeared as he came.

The king thought to himself ‘Why should I pay some Fairy for what king Herbert did with such ease? I too shall grow in riches and prosper, and without paying a price.’

The king immediately set about writing new books and booklets. Using the wealth of the inner chamber, the king began to slowly implement the changes he saw fitting. With the help of the kings son and others from the inner chamber, the king produced many new teachings, changing the laws and decrees of king Herbert.

With the skills of an incompetent community organizer, the king spoke at every opportunity to get his ideas to be accepted. Many railed against him saying ‘Who is this man that ascended the throne? His words are hard to accept! How could king Herbert have appointed him as his successor?’

When king Tkach heard these words he spoke out in aggrieved anger towards those who so easily grumble with dissent. ‘Was it not the king before me who prayed to the almighty God as to who should follow in his shoes? Was it not God who led him to my appointment to the throne? Then why do you speak-out in rebellion?’ And there was silence over the kingdom.

The king set forth to correct the people of the land. Placing himself before the wheel he began spinning out more books using the wealth that his predecessor had left. Book after book, he spun away! Surely with so many books his wealth shall increase ten fold! In the time of ten years the king spun so many books that many of his governors left his service and began to build their own spinning wheels so they might have such wealth in their golden years.

Before long, the king had to return the children in his service to their parents, for there was little gold or silver coming into the treasury. These were the children that the first king had given over to the Fairy in exchange for much wealth and power.

The king in ever growing desperation, and content to patch and darn, to piece and cobble at the worn and rotten fabric of the former kings rancorous précis, spun the wheel more and more. Soon he was working night and day, spinning book after book, changing the fairy tales of king Herbert into new works of greater understanding. However his labor was nothing more than frustration founded in defeat.

Conclusion

And it came to pass that the empire was in deep decline. Many of the assets of the kingdom, assets that in reality belonged to the people, had to be sold off to pay for the error of the king. The error of his way was found in not paying his true master for the knowledge and understanding that would have allowed him to gain from others for what was not his.

Steeped in failure the kings health soon diminished. As he lay on his deathbed a visitor not unknown, appeared to him during the night. For this night the servant of Belial, the Fairy who tempted the king years before, stood before him and spoke:

‘Remember these words oh king when I asked you if you wanted wealth and power?’

‘Your dominance, do you also wish to learn the secret to the wheel? For such knowledge I desire a small fee. A tit for tat if you will.’

‘And you spoke to me saying’

‘This shall not be! I shall not need your services for I know how to work the wheel.’

For in his folly the king had spun the wheel counter clockwise turning the wealth of the kingdom into straw. He had gone against the natural flow that the first king had devised. For if he had spun the wheel clockwise as the first king did his wealth and power would have grown. And to add to his folly, the king had not sought after the counsel of Belial as did the first king. 

With a mighty effort, the king spoke:

‘My efforts have not been blessed. For in contempt even my governors have departed in order to build their own spinning wheels to gain money and power, to take for themselves that which is not theirs. For what will become of them?’

And the servant of Belial replied:

‘These Merchants Of Misery have bowed to me and given me honor and sacrifices. However in your greed, you yourself have refused me, for you thought to have it all without price. Come now and meet with your reward!’

King Tkach soon perished and the kingdom went the way of Ozymandias’s dead empire. Many of the people who had not left the kingdom of the first king now found themselves disheartened and penniless. All that they sacrificed for the kingdom came to naught. For they realized that like secular empires, theirs also had been a scam. One that removes all true personal choice at the end of a spear.  

In time many who did leave found that life itself was worthy of living if they only would never allow men ever again to rule over them. Some continued to honor the God the two kings spoke of, others viewed the teachings with contempt. And a few, those who acted as court jesters, moved to the kingdoms that the dissenting governors built for themselves. These men would spin the wheel hoping for some miracle that never would materialize. Belial had no intention of honoring his agreement with these worthless men. For the sons and daughter given over to Moloch were considered worthless. They would soon leave their retched kingdoms and seek out a land of their own. The land of milk and honey. A land where sanity resided.

Year after year the wealth of the dissenting kingdoms would be expended to men who sought after personal monuments and financial gain. And in all of these splinter kingdoms, one could never again find a man with moral direction.

END.

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Rumpelstiltskin. Part Three

Part Three.

The Magic of Merlin.

In time the king was investigated by those from another realm. A realm that ruled over the laws of the continent. King Herbert being wise as a serpent summoned his assistant Merlin to the Chambers of Arizona where he fled saying: ‘Come quickly to my rescue for the heathens from the Attorney Generals Office are at my door and have me on their Radar for destruction! The sheep have locked themselves unto the outer chamber to keep the heathen at bay and my governors are gaining loyalties unto themselves!’

Now Merlin, who was later derided as a devil by the people of the land, came to the Chambers of Arizona to discuss the dire situation. And the little man who was called king cried out to him:

 

‘The devil has done this! The devil has done this!

For Satan himself longs to destroy my kingdom and all my loyal slaves.’

 

And in his anger the king plunged his right foot so deep into the earth that his whole leg went in, and in a rage he pulled at his left leg so hard with both hands that he tore himself in two. The king was divided!

In time Merlin managed to calm the king explaining that he could cast a spell and drive out the heathens from the outer palace chambers. For a price! The king was ecstatic and agreed to the terms that Merlin spelled out and ordered the treasurer to expend the necessary funds.

Using the positioning of heavenly bodies and verbal incantations, Merlin entered the circle calling on the dark unseen forces to fulfill the kings wishes. And he chanted:

And it came to pass that Merlin drove out the Attorney General heathens from the kings outer palace chamber. All charges of impropriety were soon forgotten, and there was peace once again for the king. Yet not a man with moral direction could be found within all the kingdom.

Exposed!

Over time the kings tangled web of lies and deceit began to unravel. The eyes of many slowly opened to view the nakedness and shame of their once mighty ruler. Some of the elite sheep quietly suspected the king was guilty of the many sexual sins he was accused of, but did nothing. Some knew outright of the darkness that dwelt in the heart of the king and yet ignored it. The dedication of those governors in the inner court was to their own financial interests. Then there was those in the outer chamber, those who are weak and with torn garments who believed in the king and thought that he was truly a servant of the almighty God and that of the kingdom. Both howled and swore at those who told of the kings corruption saying “They come forth to tear the inner court apart and make it the outer court casting out our king!”

For it is mans way to fight truth and to embrace lies. For it is the road of least resistance they have chosen to take! This is the moral direction of those who claim wisdom and yet embrace evil!

The Great Falling Away.

The king full of years and sick of mind found that the time had come to appoint an successor to his throne. With a weak mind and failing constitution the king pondered his choices. Having disposed his son so many years earlier, the king thought of himself and what legacy he was to leave behind. For his choice would be a man who would never change his decrees or laws. Laws and decrees that oppressed those of the outer court for so many decades.

The king frustrated and confused, went before the altar of his god saying,

‘Oh Lord of hosts, tell me, who shall I appoint as my successor? Who shall uphold my laws and decrees? Who shall continue my legacy? Protect thy kingdom from those that wish to destroy all that I have built with my hands! Show me the one who can continue this kingdom to the very end!’

And in a flash the Fairy that grants wishes appeared before his eyes. For it was this Fairy early in the kings rule that granted Herbert all the gold and silver he desired along with all the first born of the kingdom. And the Fairy spoke,

‘Oh king what was is it you wish to counseled about? Do you desire more gold and silver?’

And the king replied,

‘It is not gold nor silver I wish for. If you can grant me more years so that I can do the work of the Lord I shall give you anything you want.’

And the Fairy replied,

‘Oh king, that I cannot grant you for it is not in my powers to grant such things. It was your prayers I heard to the most high that draw me forth from out of the shadows that I come here before you today.’

‘Very well’ the king replied, ‘then grant me this. Let wisdom and insight be mine for I must appoint a successor over all that I possess.’

Now the Fairy being wiser than the king, thought on this for a moment. Knowing that the king was soon to perish and embrace the chains of darkness, he spoke.

‘I will grant your request.’ the Fairy replied ‘On your passing I shall appear in your inner chamber to advise your successor.’

And the king was pleased for all that the Fairy had granted, ensuring that his legacy would live on. For death was soon to overtake the king.

 

Rumpelstiltskin. Part Two

Part Two.

King Herbert Marries.

After the king’s first wife died, he thought of himself and his beastly urges, saying to himself: ‘I am in need of a queen for my urges are many and my need are unfulfilled’. One day while walking among his sheep, the king spotted a women whom caused desire in his loins. And the king courted the women and the women the king, for he had riches and she had none. The future queen accompanied the king on many trips to different lands. One morning, the king found all that he had wished for came to pass. The king began to pave the way for the people to accept his impending marriage. He began relating how God allowed the first queen to die, because she could not have kept up such a grueling pace, could not have remained a companion and wife to him in this new phase of his kingship. He took the women half his age in marriage, and the pretty became the second queen who would sit with him at many banquets in other lands.

 Wealth of a Nation.

Over time the king and all the kingdoms leaders demanded supreme respect, because they had the most gold and silver. As long as their empirical selves and power base was not shaken, the king could do as he pleased. While the governors of the land did what they wanted and ripped off everyone, the king kept the people happy with wonderful scenarios of a coming world kingdom. Day after day he served up to the people a dose of mush, brainwashing the people into thinking that the land of milk and honey was soon to materialize.

The king thought that the people would continue to fear him and that they would never break the laws of the land, and thus the civil and ruling authorities would be safe from any rebellion or coup and could continue their criminal activities against the people. It was the perfect setup. And for this, the governors were allowed any gold or silver that they could shake from the general masses of people in the name of God and king. Both the governors and the king lived happily together, as each needed the other. For the king had a legislative board to pass laws that suited his purpose and had those who were willing to crackdown and brutally enforce such legislation at the point of a sword. As wealth is an instrument of power, force is the instrument of policy.

Disenchantment in the Kingdom.

And it came to pass that many of the people became more and more disenchanted with the lifestyles of those who ruled over them. They came to see the hypocrisy of the king and that of his henchmen. The king could now no longer placate the mesmerized masses that formerly rocked together with arms raised and eyes closed in a hypnotic stupor within the court of the king! The lavish quarters of the king, expensive chariots, luxurious homes, costly clothes, and the finest cuisine caused the people to grumble. For the people lived in squalor and drove chariots that would lose their wheels, their clothes tattered and worn, and their food was of the lowest quality. The king had even forbidden the use of shamans when illness was to strike a family member, yet the king was exempt when he himself was afflicted.

Divorce and Scandal.

After some time, the king became increasingly disenchanted with his marriage. The mighty ruler had grown disgusted with his queen, and it was his belief there had been a plot to remove him from his kingship and place him into a mental institution. But what could he do to save face?

The king had wanted it to appear that the queen was committing a lawless offense so he could invoke the scripture of old which said: “If the unbeliever depart, let him (her) depart….” As king he could change the laws of the land on a whimper. And change the law he did! The king disallowed the women of the kingdom the one luxury that they had to hold onto their self esteem. The king outlawed the painting of faces! An old custom that the king made legal in order to please the queen before they married!

So it came to pass that the court of the law was to grant the king and his queen a decree of divorce. The queen had disclosed to the court that the king had boasted of an incestuous relationship with his daughter from the first queen. The court not wishing the king to suffer, forbade the telling of the incest to the people of the kingdom. But not all wished to protect the king, for there was found within the kingdom a governor who spoke truth. A man who had moral direction.

 

 

 

Rumpelstiltskin. Part One.

 

 

 

once upon a time

 

there was a king who ruled unjustly over his self-made kingdom. The king had a son who lacked moral fortitude and dignity. These self proclaimed teachers taught the great people how to honor and worship the God that was said to be looking over the domain of this mighty empire.

Introduction.

King Herbert was a greedy man, very much fond of money, who cared about nothing but the wealth he could extort from the citizens of his kingdom. His son the prince who was more popular than the king, had a reputation of stealing the citizens daughters and wives and use them for his own personal sexual gratification.

Two Wrong Choices.

Eventually the innocent citizens were to be forced into an inescapable predicament by the two men who rule over them. A choice must be made. The choice of continuing to follow the king or to forgo him and follow his son the prince. The people are trapped in a prison, but treated as an honored guest as they are courted by the two competitors.

They ask themselves ‘Shall I remain being a servant of the kings house, or should I chose the kings son Prince Ted as my protector and mentor?’ As the war between father and son escalated it seemed that the kingdom was going to be split apart! Prince Ted declared that his father the king had lost his way and no longer followed the precepts of the god he proclaimed for all the years behind him.

One side said the prince had no right to rule for his sexual sins were many. The other side proclaimed the king had grown senile and increasingly corrupt. Brother was pitted against brother, a father against his own daughter, a son against his whole family. The kingdom was hopelessly divided. Was there not another way? Was there no one among all the governors or citizens that the people could chose from that might lead them into the ways of righteousness? The solution for unification was not to be found, for the people had little moral direction.

Two Kingdoms.

In time the people made their wretched decision and the domain in which they all had dwelt was torn asunder. Those who followed the senile king and those who wished to intercourse with the son went their own way with weeping and bitterness. The kingdom was divided. Would it stand?

After some years, the governors who ruled over the districts grumbled among themselves. King Herbert it had been said, took a child decades earlier saying ‘For God has given her to me. Hence forth she will be mine to use as I wish’. This was a point of contention among the governors and much was made of it until they considered that the king held the purse strings that provided themselves with subsistence. Once again, the lack of moral direction stood out as testimony against them. For they once again forsook their God and embraced the ways of a evil man. For they also had little moral direction in which to steer the kingdom.

In the princes kingdom, King Ted (as some have called him) and those who thought of themselves as being on the correct side of the argument, embraced the new founded empire. It was to be blessed by the God of their realm they were told and it was declared all over the land ‘God is pleased’.

Over time the new king changed some of the doctrines that his father held so affectionately. Once again, some did not think that he should change the former kings doctrines as to the God of the new nation. The controversy was soon to be overshadowed by a outrage of epic proportion. One that would oust the king and replace him! But that is another story….A story of greed, lust and sexual sins unworthy of one who calls himself a leader of men!

Child Sacrifices.

King Herbert sought to increase his kingdom and its wealth. But how shall he be able to increase that which he has not? One day a Fairy came to Herbert and said:

‘Oh mighty King, I have that which you seek. Give me the first born children of your citizens and I shall have them serve you. You shall become wealthy beyond measure! Tell your servants that their children will be placed into the hands of the almighty God for His service. Then you shall spin the people and turn which is not yours into gold’.

And the king agreed to the terms of the deal. The Fairy sprinkled Herbert with pixie dust and all that he asked for was granted.

This pleased the king and he gave a decree to all those of the kingdom saying:

‘Your children are mine, the gold and the silver are mine, thus saith the Lord’.

The people blind with loyalty obeyed and dedicated their first born children to the God of the land. All those of the land seemed pleased with the kings decree and felt that their God shall richly bless them and repay them for their sacrifice. However, little did they realize that their sacrifice was a confirmation of a vow, one their king gave…one which the people were unaware of. The children were to be handed over to Moloch, not the God of the land.

Becoming God as God is God.

The king was greatly delighted to see all the glittering treasure pour out from his spinning wheel. Beyond his wildest dreams cash was dropped at his door. Investing wisely, the king saw his empire greatly increase in size and scope. It was time to travel and feast. For the workers are many and the fortune is great. And as the king enjoyed his good fortune, a fortune made secure by the Fairy and the vow he gave, great fanfare, glorious cheers and pompous declaration began to be heard all over the land. Some began to call the king “Apostle” and others called him the new “Elijah” that was to come. Indeed, there was never before such a man as this one the people thought. For he is a prophet of God!

The king had a particularly cruel method for financing his kingdom. He cleverly developed a tithing system which had never existed before in all of history. The people of the kingdom were told that God required them to give as much as 30% their income, plus generous offerings seven times per year to the kingdom. Threats of being cursed by the God of the kingdom if one did not comply. For what was to became of the gold and silver no one knew the full truth of the matter. It was by faith they were to live!

Social Problems in the Kingdom.

After a time, social problem developed in the kingdom. Children were left in the forests in droves or orphaned on the streets. There was little money in circulation within the kingdom for the king had become greedy beyond measure and hoarded much. Even the widows mite was not enough for him.

Some of the governors in their district began removing children from their parents using force in order to insure that they are raised “properly”. Others told their district citizens to abandon their crippled children and allow heathens who followed not the “god” of the kingdom, to raise the little beasts, for these had little to none to offer. The nation was in disarray for the governors began to push loyalty to the limit by harshly ruling over the people of the kingdom.

This produced a domino effect. Husbands domineered their wives. Parents would likewise treat their children sternly with strict discipline. The people of the kingdom had learned this behavior from their leaders. Those they looked up to for guidance. And they felt justified in their evil behavior toward others. The vortex was beginning to churn!

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