Animals – Stampede for Gifts!

Commentary & Analysis


L.A. Marzulli

Stampede at Target on Black Hole Friday

YouTube – Stampede at Target on Black Hole Friday

There were a lot of news stories that I could have BLOGGED on this morning. I chose this story because I believe it is a sad indicator of where we are as a nations, as a culture have sunk to. This video shows the reduction of every-day-folks to that of stampeding animals. Those who make it through the doors give no thought to their fellow human beings, who are being trampled. It all about getting the item of their desire before someone else gets to it first!

Have we become a nation where we literally step on those who get in our way? What amazed me is that when the first people go down and others start screaming, those who are in the store do nothing! Most don’t even turn their heads to see what is happening. They instead make a b-line for what they’re looking for. They’re not concerned with anyone else but themselves.

There is one man about 1:00 into the video, who is dressed in a gray leather jacket. He is has been injured in some way, as he staggers over to a counter and collects himself. He is clearly hurt, but he rallies and rushes off to the aisle where his prize awaits him.

Then there’s the young man with the white jacket and red baseball cap who runs through the shoppers, like a running back at a football game. As he takes off his hat he swears at the guy who is filing this. He’s going to get what  he wants, no matter what.

I believe that this display is a direct link to what we have been taught in our schools for decades, and that is Darwinism. Had the “grand master of deception,” been alive, might he applaud this display, as a cogent example of the survival of the fittest! It’s natural selection in motion and as is evident by the shoppers themselves, no one cares for anyone else. Get in my way and I’ll walk over you. This, in my opinion, is human evolution being played out, as only the strong will survive!

Like it or not, this is who we are, and I for one, am ashamed. We have taken prayer and the 10 commandments out of our schools. Made it a crime to pray at a football game or graduation. Instead we have taught our children that humans evolved from apes. In college, students are taught that there are no absolutes, no right or wrong, no God or hell. So what do we embrace? Well, Harry Potter remained #1 at the box office this weekend and it’s not Jesus, but Harry Potter that our children identify with.

Then there’s a group of atheists who paid to have a bill-board erected that proclaimed, This season celebrate reason.

It’s all around us, the mystery of lawlessness. It rears its ugly head in scenes like this, where people act more like stampeding cattle than human beings.

We are living in what I believe are the last days. There is little regard for others, courtesy is a sign of weakness, greed is good and above all, there is no god.

I, for one, will continue to proclaim that He is our blessed hope. That He is the future King! That He will return in glory one day soon. That He will judge the living and the dead…. That He, Jesus, alone is the true reason for this season and that in Him is eternal life.


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36 thoughts on “Animals – Stampede for Gifts!

  1. As in the Days of Noah so will be the coming of the son of man!

    We’ve become a society of self. Your success is determined by the amount of money you’ve collected; the toys you buy; the job you have; the car you drive; the house you live in; the clothes you wear; the college you graduated from; the awards you’ve received; and your personal appearance. Self Gratification is all that matters now between food, sex, alcohol, and drugs……. Why isnt success and self gratification based upon the number of people you have brought to christ and the feeling of enjoyment it brings? I know I am victim of being caught up in this three ring circus. The question is how do you break the cycle. I am constantly in prayer for God to release me from the circles, the vices, the pursuit of self gratifcation but it doesnt seem to end. It is extremely tough. Does this mean I dont love the Lord enough?

    The quesiton is why is it so hard to turn from our ways to commit to Romans 12:1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship.

    What’s the difference between society today and when Moses came down the mountain and Aaron had collected gold to build a “Golden Calf?” There isnt a difference!

    Timothy warned us of the signs of the end of days. It couldnt be any clearer that we are very close to the return of our savior? Timothy 3.1 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.

    Marantha Father Maranatha!

  2. Yea WikiLeaks Keep it Coming! Thank God someone is quesitioning authority as way of means and balance.

    Top ten revelations from WikiLeaks cables
    By Zachary Roth

    Yesterday, five international news outlets published a selection of more than 250,00 U.S. diplomatic cables, provided by the website Wikileaks. The disclosure of the cables, most from the past three years, offers a rare unfiltered view of the secretive world of high-level diplomacy. As such, it could complicate relations with a host of friendly and unfriendly nations.

    But what did we actually learn? Here are ten of the key revelations from the cables:

    1. Many Middle Eastern nations are far more concerned about Iran’s nuclear program than they’ve publicly admitted. According to one cable, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has repeatedly asked the U.S. to “cut off the head of the snake” — meaning, it appears, to bomb Iran’s nuclear program. Leaders of Qatar, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, and other Middle Eastern nations expressed similar views.

    2. The U.S. ambassador to Seoul told Washington in February that the right business deals might get China to acquiesce to a reunified Korea, if the newly unified power were allied with the United States. American and South Korean officials have discussed such a reunification in the event that North Korea collapses under the weight of its economic and political problems.

    3. The Obama administration offered sweeteners to other countries to try to get them to take Guantanamo detainees, as part of its as-yet unsuccessful effort to close the prison. Slovenia, for instance, was offered a meeting with President Obama, while the island nation of Kiribati was offered incentives worth millions.

    4. The vice president of Afghanistan, Ahmed Zia Massoud, took $52 million in cash with him when he visited the United Arab Emirates last year, according to one cable. The Afghan government has been plagued by allegations of corruption. Massoud has denied taking the money out of the country.

    5. The United States has been working to remove highly enriched uranium from a Pakistani nuclear reactor, out of concern that it could be used to build an illicit nuclear device. The effort, under way since 2007, has not so far been successful.

    6. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ordered diplomats to assemble information on their foreign counterparts. Documents in the Wikileaks cache also indicate that Clinton may have requested diplomats to gather intelligence on UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon’s plans for Iran, and information on Darfur, Sudan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Iran and North Korea.

    7. The State Department labeled Qatar the worst country in the region for counterterrorism efforts. The country’s security services were “hesitant to act against known terrorists out of concern for appearing to be aligned with the U.S. and provoking reprisals,” according to one cable.

    8. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi are much tighter than was previously known. Putin has given the high-living Berlusconi “lavish gifts” and lucrative energy contracts, and Berlusconi “appears increasingly to be the mouthpiece of Putin” in Europe, according to one cable.

    9. Hezbollah continues to enjoy the weapons patronage of Syria. A week after Syrian president Bashar al-Assad promised the United States he wouldn’t send “new” arms to the Lebanese militant group, the United States said it had information that Syria was continuing to provide the group with increasingly sophisticated weapons.

    10. Some cables reveal decidedly less-than-diplomatic opinions of foreign leaders. Putin is said to be an “alpha-dog,” while Afghan president Hamid Karzai is “driven by paranoia.” German chancellor Angela Merkel “avoids risk and is rarely creative.” For his part, Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi, travels with a “voluptuous blonde” Ukrainian nurse.

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  4. L. A.: I, too, was horrified by that Target story (I think someone was actually killed last year in that kind of mad rush). However, there is a “rest of the story” to this. The man in the gray jacket who stumbled over to the counter and was apparently badly hurt (nobody even tried to help him), left the counter to try to find his brother who had rushed on ahead of him. He was taken to ER (there is a video about this). I believe the story was that he had a herniated disk and Target has agreed to pay all his medical bills.

    I read where someone else who commented on this video said something that will probably be worth thinking about. This person said something like–if they act like this for “thngs”, what will it be like if our food supply is cut off and everyone is trying to get groceries?! People probably won’t stop at knocking down people at the grocery store, but may very well go house to house knocking down doors.

    May God be with us all.


    • Dear Barbara,
      I know I said something like that on another blog, maybe lookupfellowship. But you are exactly right. It is a most significant indication of what will happen when people are hungry, angry and scared! That is why it is so important to prepare NOW for all that is to come!

    • Hi Dee: You are probably the one. I read so many comments and articles that I often forget where it came from. Thanks. It is scary that people can turn into animals in certain situations. We definitely need to spend time in prayer asking God for direction and claiming His protection.

      God bless you!


    • Greetings!
      When that herd mentality (feelings of anonymity) is mixed with fear that is when lawlessness flies its wicked banner sky high– painted in a disarray of flaming reds and blood crimsons. I believe you’re right that this is just a sampling of the anarchy soon to rear its ugly head. These Black Friday images paint for us the best picture of exactly why Jesus came to set us free! Amen and amen.

  5. Amazing. Instead of buying new things that we needed in our new apartment. We got free things from family that they were getting rid of or storing. Now we have ‘new’ sofa’s, TV and cabinet, and a dinning room table. AND all at way better prices that black friday… Free! 🙂
    a 60″ HDTV with blue ray and surround sound is nice, but is it really needed? No. But to some people, they have to see every game, every quarter, every second, every blade of grass, its like an addiction. I had friends (men) that cried when the Patriots lost the super bowl a few years ago… That opened my eyes as to me its just a game. Do people cry when co-workers dont turn in a report on time at my job? No and they are both professionals! Too much pride.
    It’ll be interesting with these leaks what happens. Euro is falling, dollar is falling, N. and S. Korea high tensions. The only thing missing is a strong natural disaster that has been quiet the last few weeks.
    Earthquake website shows no big tremors lately, something big to happen soon?

    Looking forward to the last month of the year. I think next year will be interesting. God Bless!

  6. I AGREE, LA. I have been appalled every year as the greed and materialism gets continually worse. And how Jesus is being completely cut from the picture.

    I’ve been doing a bit of research, and want to do more, on the idea that Jesus was actually born on Succot. If that is true, I’ve had the thought of boycotting Dec 25th completely, and trying to get my family to celebrate Jesus birthday on Succot.
    I need more research on it, but I really like the idea.
    No presents, no madness, just “We love you Jesus, Happy Birthday, THANK YOU for coming and saving us!”

    Heb 13:5 — “be content with such things as ye have: for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”

    • Carolyn: Hooray for you! Are you familiar with SWRC (Southwest Radio Church Ministries)? They have been around for 70-some years. A number of years ago, they wrote a fascinating “Prophetic Observer” report after doing extensive Bible research and study that concludes that Jesus was possibly conceived somewhere near Dec. 25. If so, then His birth would have been in the month of September or the first part of October. I have been following this for a number of years. I’m sure if you would contact, they would have copies of this report available. They also have said for the past several years, that we could probably celebrate Christmas as the conception of Jesus rather than the birth of Jesus. Fascinating!

      God bless you!


  7. Watching that video made me sick to my stomach. It’s beyond sad, how people are, and what this nation has become.

  8. One more thing guys ! better stock up on food and water real quick, now just imagine when a nationwide disaster happens from an attack, how people will act to get food and water.

    I can’t even imagine being out in the jungle to come soon.

  9. Right on again brother! It seems that “black Friday” gets a little worse each year in terms of the behavior of people. The “Mystery of lawlessness” that makes the love of many grow cold is certainly evident.

    Kevin J.

  10. The only good thing I can think of is that we can actually be informed of what is going on due to people having cell phones w/camera & video capabilities.

    Not that long ago unless the Store released the surveillance video no one would know about it unless
    the local newspapers or 60 minutes picked up a story.

    Now -it’s so easy & convenient for regular people to catch the event & post it all over the internet.

  11. I agree. This represents who many have become–obsessed with stuff that is not at all important.Thanks for the post L.A.

  12. I don’t care for the removal of Christ from Christmas. However, the idea of buying multitudinous gifts in lavish style is preposterous IMO.
    It has nothing to do with His birth,(not December 25th anyway) or the importance of God’s gift.
    The gift was not the baby anyway, it is the sacrificial gift of His Son’s life on the bloody cross for our redemption from sin that is the important issue.

    That being said, if Christians real or in name only would boycott these merchants over it, they would quickly change their minds about putting Christ back in Christmas big time.

    But unfortunately, Christians have kinda lost it and go with the flow of this present world.

    • I am with you on your thoughts here. I don’t look forward to Christmas for this very reason…..we have it SO wrong.

  13. On another note, if you think you are going to get through the Tribulation intact, think again.
    Unless the Lord translates us or hides us, we won’t last long.

    You may have enough food and water and even ammo for a while, but how long can you hold out against roaming packs of gangs who will be weaponized, or the state’s police forces that have classed you as dangerous because you don’t fit the PC mold, or even the neighbor who wants a little water for his kids and then kills you for yours.

    Going off the grid is a lot different than it used to be and we are so civilized that without medicine and proper nutrition and warmth, we will fall to disease quite readily.

    • Your dead on Doug! People have no idea what is just around the corner. Just see the movie “The Road” the bigger question is why would you want to live through something like that?

    • Richard, Exactly. I was just listening to a guy on the radio talking about an EMP attack which would not be that difficult to pull off even for an Iran or Korea.

      He said that hundreds of millions would die in the USA and Canada within short order without water, food and medicine.
      130 million cars, 90 million trucks would stop immediately and we wouldn’t know what hit us.

  14. “For what will a man be profited, if he gains the whole world, and Looses his soul?” Mat16:26.

    “For the Son of man is going to come in the Glory of His Father with His Angels; and will recompense every man according to his deed” Mat16:27.

    The judgment of the Living and the Dead!
    The message needs to be preached; He who came in the Meekness of the Lamb of God is coming in the Wrath of the Lamb in Fiery Judgment. Rev22:12.

    john b

  15. Very true L.A, this just goes to show that are nation is wrapped up dangerously in the love of material things. People are getting hurt over some junk that is knocked down on a price. I dread the to see how far this attitude of “I want it first” will freeze the love of many as the times get harder.

    I agree with you all, just think of how worse it will get when people have hungry children and they are waiting in a line for food and water to comfort their souls. I believe people are going to turn into ravishing animals even if it means killing their fellow.

  16. Wow,,I just commented on this subject on Sunday’s blog, how cool is that? You know what they say Dr Marzulli, all great minds all think alike 😉 (I’m just joking, my IQ test was 50 points lower than Shep Howard or 20 points higher than Ernest T. Bass )

  17. Al Right Bill Salus!

    The Alien Gospel of Signs and Lying Wonders

    This week on Prophecy Update Radio host Bill Salus interviews bible prophecy expert L.A. Marzulli. Marzulli challenges the church to WAKE UP to the burgeoning UFO phenomena in bible prophecy. Alien implants are being inserted into abductees. New Age psychics are channeling deceptive messages about the extra-terrestrial origins of man (panspermia). Humanity is primed for strong delusion manifested in the realization that mankind is not alone in this universe.

    Marzulli suggests an alien gospel could be “THE LIE” described in 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12

    The coming of the lawless one [antichrist] is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth [gospel of Jesus Christ], that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion [alien gospel], that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

    What did the bible have to say about the supernatural origins of the Antichrist and what great deception(s) facilitates his rapid rise to world power? These and many more topics are discussed in this impacting interview. There is plenty of food for thought in this two part interview and it is saturated with Marz-salus sauce throughout.

  18. “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is Liberty.”
    2 Corinthinians, verse 17

    We are losing our liberties because we have taken God out of everything.

    Very sad.

  19. There appears no doubt, Scripturally, that with “the falling away” and eventual removal of “the restrainer”, societal conditions will grow darker. But in the darkness the true light can be a most powerful force for advancing the kingdom of God. I’m reminded that it was when Peter took his eyes off of Jesus and began to focus on the threatening waves that he began to sink. Let us never lose hope as long as we remain here – we each have a purpose. Put on the armor of Christ and stand.

    And let us not forget that we were all once under the control of the prince of the power of the air (Ephesians 2), even as those crazy shoppers.

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