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23 MAY 2017

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Chapter 3

Mutiny

Lt. Christian, "Captain Bligh... I am in hell - I am in hell."

It is not surprising that the most famous of all mutinies is that of the British HMS Bounty. With the above statement, Bligh, and 18 others who are more, or less, loyal to him, are put into a 23- foot launch with enough supplies to last five days. Given how far they are from civilization, this was tantamount to a death sentence.

Mutiny is defined as the crime of conspiring to disobey an order that a group of similarly-situated individuals (typically members of the military; or the crew of any ship, even if they are civilians) is legally obliged to obey. The term is mostly used for a rebellion against the very authority the mutineers are to obey.

Mutiny particularly means open rebellion against an authority. Many mutinies were carried out in response to backpay and/or poor conditions within the military unit or on the ship. Most countries still punish mutiny with particularly harsh penalties, sometimes even the death penalty.

The Unites Statesí Uniform Code of Military Justice defines mutiny thus:

Article 94: Mutiny or Sedition. A member who, with intent to usurp or override lawful military authority, refuses in concert with any other person, to obey orders or otherwise do his or her duty or creates any violence or disturbance, is guilty of mutiny. A person who, with intent to cause the overthrow or destruction of lawful civil authority, creates, in concert with any other person, revolt, violence, or other disturbance against that authority, is guilty of sedition. Furthermore, a member who fails to do his or her utmost to prevent and suppress a mutiny or sedition being committed in his or her presence, or fails to take all reasonable means to inform his or her superior commissioned officer or commanding officer of a mutiny or sedition which he or she knows or has reason to believe is taking place, is guilty of a failure to suppress or report a mutiny or sedition. Violations of this article can be punished by death.

Now having given this, the U.S. military law requires obedience only to lawful orders. Disobedience to unlawful orders is the obligation of every member of the U.S. armed forces, a principle established by the Nuremberg trials and reaffirmed in the aftermath of the My Lai Massacre. However, a U.S. soldier who disobeys an order after deeming it unlawful will certainly be court-martialed to determine whether the disobedience was proper.

I believe that mutiny is exactly the right term for Satanís path associated with Godís authority. Other terms which we might consider associated with mutiny would be sedition, treason, or traitor.

Sedition is a term of law to refer to covert conduct such as speech, incitement of discontent, resistance or organization that is deemed by the legal authority as tending toward insurrection against the established order.

Treason is the crime of disloyalty to oneís nation or state; of the violation of public peace by levying war against the government.

Traitor is a person who betrays an oath of loyalty and in some way willfully cooperates with an enemy and giving enemies aid or comfort. Figures in history who are renowned for acts of treachery have subsequently had their names become synonymous with the word "traitor" such as Benedict Arnold.

I would like to relate these terms to Satan. First, let us consider the right to rule and with proper authority. Without question, nearly all individuals will state that God is the proper authority. God has this right by the position he holds as the creator of Heaven and Earth. He also has the right to rule his children as our Father and the creator of male and female. God is the ultimate authority in all the laws concerning mankind.

Second, Satan is sedition. Satan is treasonous. Satan is a traitor. He is all these and more. He is waging war on Godís kingdom. He is raging war on you and me. Remember in the first chapter, I stated that he wanted to be the supreme ruler. He still wants to be our ruler. This mutiny, the crime of conspiring to disobey in open rebellion against Godís proper authority, is his scheme to make man miserable like himself and cause pain or hurt. 

My conclusion:
Protection against the influence of the Satanís mutiny is essential in order to be obedient to God (the one with proper authority). Please take note of the italicized sentence in Article 94 about failure to do his or her "utmost to prevent or suppress a mutiny or sedition" is also held guilty. In war one must know the enemy that we may prevail and triumph.  One must know the techniques of the enemy that when we see them that we will be prepared to counter them with the proper weapons. Mutineer, Devil, Dragon and Satan are names that have become synonymous with Evil throughout the cosmos.