RE-THINKING OUR MISSION:
HOW SHALL WE ORGANIZE TO RESIST?
December 2, 2003
by: S.R. Shearer
Please note: Please read our recent article, "The
American Empire," which describes our current situation as
of January 5, 2007. A lot has changed since the time this article
[We urge you to read this article carefully, then read it again,
and then once more; you need to know what we are planning to do, and
"But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children
sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows,
"And saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have
mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented."
| (Matt. 11:16-17)
times demand RADICAL answers, and we cannot pursue these
answers while still tethered to ordinary "middle-class" lives and conventional
"middle-class" ways of doing things. [Please see our article, "Transitioning
from Moderation to Radicalism;" please also see our article, "Capitalism
If we are truly living in the "end of the age" - if we really believe
that - then it's about time that our lives reflect that fact; it's about
time that we begin taking seriously verses like Luke 18:22 where Jesus
urged the "rich man" to -
"... SELL ALL THAT THOU HAST ... and thou shalt have
treasure in heaven: and come, FOLLOW ME." (Luke 18:22)
Mark 8:34-37 where Jesus told His disciples -
"... Whosoever will come after me, LET HIM DENY HIMSELF,
and take up his cross, and FOLLOW ME.
"For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but WHOSOEVER
SHALL LOSE HIS LIFE FOR MY SAKE AND THE GOSPEL'S, THE SAME SHALL
"For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world,
and lose his own soul?
"Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" (Mark 8:34-37)
The sad fact of the matter is, verses like the above have become nothing
more than empty words and meaningless phrases to most
Christians - and maybe that's the reason why they feel so empty and
sense that their lives have been drained of meaning!
We don't want that to happen to us in Antipas Life is too short! The
"Thou carriest them (i.e., our lives) away as with a flood; they
are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which groweth
"In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up; in the evening
it is cut down, and withereth." (Ps. 90:5-6)
in Antipas earnestly desire that our lives count for something; we want
to be a part of what the Lord is doing in these "Last Days." We believe
that He has set a great work before us, and we want to "position ourselves"
to be able to fully participate in this work. For this and numerous
other reasons, WE HAVE DECIDED TO MOVE MUCH OF OUR MINISTRY (far
more of it than just the internet portion) FROM THE UNITED STATES
TO CANADA; specifically, to a large ranch we have found in British
Colombia. Not all of us will be going, but a lot of us will. THE
PURPOSE OF THIS ARTICLE IS TO EXPLAIN TO YOU WHY WE HAVE EMBARKED UPON
THIS COURSE OF ACTION. [Please see our article, "A Plan Of
Action For Antipas Ministries.".]
WE STAND AT THE EDGE OF AN ABYSS
Brothers and sisters, the fact is, we stand today at the edge of a vast,
menacing abyss where prophecy transforms itself from a dream into reality
and where the ethereal takes on physicality - and very few Christians
seem able to cross this divide.
When prophecy is a dream - when it is nothing more than a mental image,
a kind of fantasy or "furtive meditation" - it's sort of fun; it's like
a secret GAME we can play on a cold night in the safety
and comfort of our own living rooms with good friends, good food, a
warm cup of chocolate, and a crackling fire in the fireplace - the kind
of GAME that Tim LaHaye's "Left Behind" series of books
casually and vacuously promotes. It lifts us out of the "ordinary" and
elevates us into a whimsical world where we are no longer nameless cogs
in a giant, uncaring socio-economic machine that doesn't give a whit
for us, but are instead heroes and heroines ("Knight-Templars") of our
Lord and Savior immersed in great feats of "daring-do." And the wonder
(indeed, the pleasure) of it all is that this GAME doesn't
cost us much to play. Maybe a little, but not much. No real sacrifices
are demanded of us; we don't have to "pay to play;" no relationships
are threatened beyond those we don't care that much about anyway; no
jobs are put at risk.
But when prophecy transmutes itself into reality, when it is no longer
played as a game, when actual relationships are threatened, when money
is really put at risk, when jobs are actually lost, and when lives are
in fact jeopardized, then prophecy becomes something else altogether,
and not too many people want to be a part of that.
But THAT'S WHERE WE ARE TODAY! - at the edge of that
vast abyss; the place where Christians are confronted with the reality
of verses like Matthew 10:37 ("He that loveth father or mother more
than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more
than me is not worthy of me"). This is where - under the impress
of verses like this - that prophecy reconstructs itself into fact and
takes on substance; where it becomes reality and ceases to be a game.
Leaving sons and daughters, and fathers and mothers; selling all that
we have; and taking up our cross and following Him not just in word,
but in deed - that's too much to bear. It's here - it's PRECISELY
here - that most Christians hesitate and draw back in fear; they're
just not prepared to cross over. It's too frightening; too risky; too
many friends and loved ones who will have to be left behind; but Jesus
said that those who think so are UNWORTHY of Him. That's
what Matthew 10:37 says. Pretty heavy! - but if that offends you, your
argument is with God, not with me.
PROPHECY TO MOST PEOPLE ASSOCIATED WITH ANTIPAS
IS NO MORE THAN AN "ON-LINE" COMPUTER GAME
make no mistake about it, all these people are GOOD people
- and I mean that from the bottom of my heart. Nonetheless, most are
playing the "prophecy game" at our expense - and that's the problem!
While they would never admit it, prophecy is a GAME to
them; it's not real, and - as a result - no real sacrifices (financial
or otherwise) are needed. In the case of Antipas, it's a kind of "on-line"
computer game like "Final Fantasy" that one can play with hundreds and
hundreds - indeed, thousands and thousands - of other "on-line" players,
and there is no risk to it. After all, it's just a game. And it's
FREE. Antipas does all the work; it has all the expenses.
All everyone else has to do is "log on" and play. [Please see our article,
"Coaxing Christians Out Of Their Hiding Places."]
Now please! Don't misunderstand me! My purpose is not to offend here!
I am only "generalizing!" This is not true of everyone! - by no means!
If the "shoe doesn't fit, then don't wear it." But most of you know
what I am talking about! And if what I am saying just happens to be
true insofar as you are concerned, and if it does in fact offend you,
better that you should be offended at me now, then you should be offended
at me later at the Judgment Seat of Christ (cf. Rom. 14:10 and
2 Cor. 5:10) because I refused to communicate to you the "whole counsel
of God" (cf. Acts 20:27) and you missed out as a result. In that
case, God would be offended at me! The Bible says:
"Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto
them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land
take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman:
"If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet,
and warn the people;
"Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not
warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be
upon his own head.
"He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood
shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his
"But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet,
and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person
from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his
blood will I require at the watchmans hand. (Ezek.
A VERY DARK AND TERRIBLE PLACE
about that! - not one "house-church" has resulted from all of our travels!
I don't believe that this would have been the case in any other nation
on earth. What is it about the United States that makes it so unreceptive
to the Word of God? - and I mean the real Word of God, not the
words of IDIOTS like C. Peter Wagner, John Kelley, D.
James Kennedy, etc. [Please see our article on "house-churches," "The
Church-Life; A New Way to Go On;" please also see our articles, "The
Organized Church and the End of Days" and "Working Within the Establishment
Church or Outside of It: What Should We Do?"]
am beginning to believe that it has a lot to do with the fact that -
more than most of us can possibly fathom (at least those of us who live
in the United States) - America is a very, very DARK place
- and that darkness has had an extremely profound effect on all of us.
A dark place? The United States? Yes! - what else can be said of a
nation that the Scriptures
say is "... DREADFUL and TERRIBLE; that
DEVOURS and BRAKES IN PIECES (Daniel 7:7);
and one that Isaiah describes as an "OVERFLOWING SCOURGE"
(Is. 28:18) - a "BEAST-NATION" (Dan. 7:7); a nation so
evil that when God's judgment finally falls on her -
"The stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not
give their light; the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and
the moon shall not cause her light to shine" (Isa. 13:19; see
also Luke 21:25-27). [We URGE you, if you have any lingering
doubts as to the identification of the United States as Babylon the
Great, to please read our article, "In Search of Babylon; What Does
the Bible Say?" please also see Chapter XIV of the Antipas Papers,
"The Beast Of Revelation 17" - Section I "In Search Of Babylon."]
make no mistake about how total and complete God's judgment will be:
"Her cities will become a desolation, a dry land, and a
wilderness, a land WHEREIN NO MAN DWELLETH, neither
doeth any son of man pass thereby." (Jer. 51:43).
"...they shall not take of thee a stone for a corner, nor a
stone for foundations, but thou shalt be desolate forever, saith the
Lord." (Jer. 51:26)
two other places have ever been so utterly and totally destroyed by
God: SODOM and GOMORRAH:
"Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and
fire from the LORD out of heaven ..." (Gen. 19:24)
And even here, the constellations were not darkened, and the sun and
moon continued to give their light! Not so when Babylon the Great is
WHAT DOES THAT SAY ABOUT THE UNITED STATES?
DOES THAT SAY, THEN, ABOUT THE UNITED STATES? Plainly and very,
very obviously it says that it is a far, far worse place than even those
two cities were (i.e., Sodom and Gomorrah)!!
AND IF THAT'S THE CASE, THEN HOW DARK A PLACE IT IS THAT WE ARE
LIVING IN. [Please see our article, "Inside the American New World
Order System;" please also see our recent article, "Now Is The Time
To Do Something; It May Be Too Late Tomorrow."]
this gives us some reason to understand why Christians in this country
- even those associated with Antipas - seem so unable to respond to
the Prophetic Scriptures on any kind of a practical and meaningful level.
One cannot dwell in such a place without being deeply affected by it.
That's what happened to Lot and his family in Sodom (cf. Gen.
18:20 - 19:26), and that's what has happened to us in Babylon (i.e.,
the United States). The Bible says:
"A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump." (Gal. 5:9)
By that, the Bible means that evil is contagious, and when people dwell
in the midst of evil, they will be affected by it! - and one of the
first things that is affected is their ability to see their own condition,
so that their -
"... heart is waxed gross, and their ears become dull of hearing,
and their eyes they have closed; LEST AT ANY TIME THEY SHOULD SEE
WITH THEIR EYES AND HEAR WITH THEIR EARS, AND SHOULD UNDERSTAND WITH
THEIR HEART ... AND I SHOULD HEAL THEM." (Matt. 13:15)
This is PRECISELY what happened to the church in Laodicea,
about whom the Lord said,
"I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would
thou wert cold or hot.
"So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I
will spue thee out of my mouth.
"Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and
have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and
miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked ..." (Rev. 3:15-17)
Laodicea was a rich city, and the people of that city had been corrupted
by their wealth - and this corruption extended even into the church,
rendering the saints there blind to their real condition; that they
were in the eyes of the Lord "wretched, and miserable, and poor,
and blind, and naked ..." even though they thought of themselves
as being "rich" and having "need of nothing."
OUR FAILURE TO ACT REVEALS OUR
REAL CONDITION BEFORE THE LORD
this the case with the American church today? Of course it is! But,
again, I am not just talking about "average" Christians here, I am also
talking about us - those of us who are associated with Antipas! - maybe
Listen to me here, dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, IT MAY
BE TRUE THAT YOU HAVE AN INKLING OF THE CHURCH'S CONDITION IN THE UNITED
STATES, UNLIKE MANY OF YOUR CONTEMPORARIES IN THE "ESTABLISHED CHURCH."
IT MAY ALSO BE TRUE THAT YOU RECOGNIZE THE UNITED STATES FOR WHAT IT
REALLY IS: BABYLON THE GREAT! BUT MANY OF YOU DON'T RECOGNIZE
IT TO THE EXTENT THAT YOU ARE WILLING TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT, AT LEAST
ON ANY KIND OF A PRACTICAL BASIS! And if that's the case, then you
are affected! You are DEEPLY affected!
Your failure to react meaningfully to the conditions that surround
you, your neglect to do anything significant with regard to the Prophetic
Scriptures other than just talk, betrays your blindness. The fact of
the matter is, if you were not so affected, if you really saw the danger
you were in, you would do something about it!
No one who sees that he is about to be engulfed in flames stays where
he is to be burned alive; and no one who sees that he is about to be
hit by a truck doesn't try to get out of the way. If one continues standing
in the way of the truck, people can only conclude that he doesn't see
the truck, or that he has some kind of a death wish.
So, when Christians - and, once more, even those who associate themselves
with Antipas - fail to react to the Prophetic Scriptures in any kind
of meaningful way (like leaving the "established church," beginning
house-churches in their homes, contributing to the ministry, etc.),
then one is forced to conclude that they don't really appreciate the
danger they are in; that they don't really believe what they say they
And - again, while they would never admit it - what they are saying
is that prophecy is nothing more than a game to them that they play
when they have time for it; that is, when obligations to family and
friends, to mastercards and visas, to mortgage payments and car payments,
etc. don't impinge on their "game time."
WE ARE IN REAL DANGER; WE ARE
ABOUT READY TO BE HIT BY A TRUCK
But we are not engaged in games here; and the fact is, WE REALLY
ARE ABOUT READY TO BE HIT BY A TRUCK! - and it's not just the Scriptures
that are crying out to us to do something, but it's the impress of history
and the by-now irresistible course of current events. We are indeed
in a pitiful condition of things when we cannot see all this. We are
like the people of Capernaum about whom the Lord said:
"And thou, Capernaum, who think you are exalted unto heaven, you
shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have
been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained
until this day.
"But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land
of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee." (Matt. 11:23-24)
The unbelievers (mostly the Left) see the danger they're in; they've
taken note of what's happening; and unlike us, they're doing something
about it. They're making plans to get out of the country while there's
still time to do so.
History has taught the Left to "discern the signs of the times" and
react before it's too late; before they're rounded up and shot. They've
come to learn through bitter experience what the elites do to those
who oppose them: the examples of Jacabo Arbenz in Guatemala, Patrice
Lumumba in the Congo, Raul Goulert in Brazil, Salvador Allende in Chile,
etc. have been burned into their brains. For instance, Ted Rall, an
unbeliever and a Leftist, writes -
"People who have spoken out against Bush are (actually) talking exit
strategy (now) - (about) ... fleeing the U.S. in order to save their
skins. 'Do you or your spouse have a European-born parent?' is a query
making the rounds. (If you do, you can obtain dual nationality and
a European Union passport that would allow you to work in any EU member
"Those whose lineage is 100 percent American are hoping that nations
like Canada and France will admit American political refugees in the
event of a Bushite clampdown."
THOSE WHO FORGET THE
PAST ARE DOOMED TO REPEAT IT
Leave the country? Yes! - that's pretty heavy! Pretty radical! But
maybe it's time for some radicalism - especially in light of what General
Tommy Franks, the leader of the U.S. invasion of Iraq last April, has
said: specifically that if another "9/11 event" should occur, military
law should be declared and all opponents of the so-called "War on Terror"
rounded up and jailed; and then there's the recent mutterings by Attorney
General John Ashcroft (supposedly a born-again evangelical and a "lay
pastor" in the Assemblies of God) that the websites of all those who
"sow fear" in the minds of Americans (i.e., tell Americans the truth
about what's really happening) should be shut down - which, I suppose,
would include Antipas.
The fact is, the longer we stay the more inured we become to the danger
that surrounds us so that we are no longer capable of accurately assessing
our situation; so that we habitually underestimate the peril we're in.
That's what happened to the Jews in Germany. Looking back on what happened
to them, one cannot help but ask himself, Why didn't the Jews get out?
Why couldn't they see the danger they were in. But, obviously, they
didn't - and this despite the fact that Hitler had made no secret about
what he was going to do to them if he ever gained power. For example,
Heinz Kellerman, a Jew writing shortly AFTER the advent
of Hitler to power in Germany, wrote the extraordinarily naive words:
"The time has now come which requires a renewal of the synthesis
of Germandom and Jewry; holding on to ones German identity and
acquiring a Jewish one."
A synthesis of Germandom and Jewry under Hitler? What UTTER
nonsense! What UTTER stupidity! But Kellerman wasn't alone
in his breathtaking naiveté. There were many others! Take another
example: Joseph Lehman, Rabbi of Berlin, who blindly wrote in the Spring
of 1933 (five months after Hitler became chancellor):
"FLEEING GERMANY IS COWARDLY, just because five months
of pain lie behind us and probably years of misjudgment, hate, and
need lie ahead of us. Practically speaking, we as Jews reaffirm a
life in Germany and for Germany."
Fleeing Germany is cowardly? What was Lehman thinking? The man was
an idiot! Looking back at it from the perspective of seventy years,
fleeing Germany was the only reasonable thing left for the Jews to do!
But they didn't want to do it because at the time it seemed too radical.
The truth is, however, RADICAL TIMES AND RADICAL SITUATIONS DEMAND
RADICAL ANSWERS! - so also with us.
Hans Joachim Schoeps, a young German Jewish intellectual who organized
the Deutsche Vortrupp, also wrote in the same period:
"Germany is more than merely a community of blood and race.
It is also a community of fate and history. Through the acknowledgment
of fate and history, we are consciously German."
In his memoirs written after the war, Schoeps describes his NIGHTMARISH
remorse for not having advised those millions and millions of Jews who
were later murdered to FLEE RIGHT AWAY, NO MATTER WHAT THE COST!
What seemed to Schoeps to be a radical answer to the danger that Hitler
and the Nazis posed to the Jews BEFORE the war now seemed
to be mild after the war. But it was too late then!
And it wasn't just the Jews who underestimated the danger they were
in. All of Hitler's opponents were likewise inured to the danger they
faced. For example, Julius Leber, a socialist and a Reichstag deputy,
said shortly after Hitler's ascension to power:
"WE DON'T FEAR THESE MEN (i.e., the Nazis). We are determined
to take up the struggle (against them)."
But maybe LEBER SHOULD HAVE FEARED THEM: a few days after making
this moronic statement he was taken into custody and was never heard
of again. It seems rather stupid now; so short-sighted of these men
not to recognize the danger they faced. How could people be so foolish?
Nonetheless, such was the case. The fact is, most of Hitler's opponents
were affected by an illusory optimism that the Hitler regime couldn't
last. Sounds like liberals today when they talk about the Bush regime.
Take another example: Karl Barth; Barth, who was Germany's greatest
Christian theologian, wrote airily to his mother on February 1, 1933:
"I don't think that this (i.e., Hitler's ascension to power) will
signify the start of great new things in any direction at all."
The naiveté of men like Barth and Leber (to say nothing of Jews
like Kellerman, Lehman and Schoeps) regarding the peril they were in
is breathtaking, especially in light of how fast that danger displayed
itself after Hitler seized power. One has to ask, Are we making the
same mistake? Have we become so jaded to the conditions that surround
us that the menacing words of people like General Tommy Franks and Attorney
General John Ashcroft no longer have an affect on us?
THE SPEED OF GERMANY'S TRANSFORMATION
FROM DEMOCRACY TO DICTATORSHIP
Historian Ian Kershaw writes that the speed of Germany's transformation
from a democracy to a dictatorship was astounding, and so much so that
it soon became all but impossible for those who had opposed Hitler (and
who had waited too long to get out) to flee. People misjudged how fast
it would all go, just as most people today are underestimating the speed
with which a similar process in the United States could take place once
the procedure takes hold. And one should remember here that when Hitler
at last took power in Germany, more than one half of the German population
still opposed him - which should silence all those who think that Bush
and his cronies still have too many opponents to replicate what Hitler
did in 1933.
The swiftness of Germany's mutation from a democracy to a dictatorship
after January 30, 1933 (the day Hitler finally became chancellor) was
brought about by a combination of pseudo-legal measures, terror, manipulation,
and even willing cooperation: within a month, civil liberties - as protected
under the German Constitution - had been extinguished. Within three
months, the trade unions, a hotbed of opposition to Hitler, had been
dissolved. In less than six months, all opposition parties had been
suppressed or gone into voluntary liquidation, leaving the Nazis as
the only remaining party.
Then the "round-up" of Hitler's opponents began, a "round-up" that
was carried out with massive brutality. Communists were at first the
main targets, but Social Democrats, trade unionists, and left-wing intellectuals
such as Carl Ossietzky were also among those dragged into improvised
prisons, often in the cellars of SA or SS local headquarters and savagely
beaten, tortured, and in some cases murdered. By April (two months after
Hitler took power), the number of persons taken into "protective custody"
(sounds like a term straight out of the USA Patriot Act) approached
Think about that! - 100,000 IN TWO MONTHS! That's the
equivalent of almost 500,000 individuals in this country if a similar
"round-up" of "enemies of the state" (which, in Ashcroft's twisted lexicon,
means anyone who opposes Bush's American New World Order System) were
to take place here. And given today's new technology, the figure would
probably be much higher than that.
HOW LONG WOULD YOU LAST BEFORE THEY CAME FOR YOU?
How long do you think you would last before they came for you? - that
is, provided you didn't just shut up and fade into the woodwork as the
result of the pressure you and your family were under. People, of course,
like to think that they would act differently; that they would wax heroic
under the pressure. But the thing is, if you find it so difficult now
to do anything meaningful insofar as the Prophetic Scriptures are concerned
(like start a house-church in your home, etc.) what makes you think
you will act any differently when the pressure is really put on you?
You won't! Most likely, what you will do is exactly what a lot of Hitler's
opponents did - retreat into a sullen silence, or worse, cave into the
pressure and become part of the "movement."
The pressure of the moment and the withering force of unrelenting propaganda
has a way of wearing people down. That's what happened to Luise Solmitz,
a Hamburg schoolteacher and an early opponent of the Hitler regime.
Six months after Hitler took power in Germany she had dropped her earlier
left-wing leanings and was talking as if she had been a follower of
Hitler all along; she wrote her mother:
"They (meaning the left-wing opponents of Hitler) wanted to send
armed gangs into the villages to murder and start fires. Meanwhile,
the terror was to take over the large cities, stripped of their police.
Poison, boiling water, all tools from the most refined to the most
primitive, were to be used as weapons. It sounds like a robbers' tale
- but it is true."
By June, the number in "protective custody" - most of them poor working-class
members of various socialist organization - had doubled. A good number
of those arrested were the victims of denunciations by neighbors or
co-workers. So great was the wave of denunciations following the Malicious
Practices Act of 21 March 1933 that even the police criticized what
GERMANY: IS THAT WHERE WE'RE HEADED?
Is this where we're headed in the new "Surveillance Society" we've
created in the wake of 9/11? - a society where neighbors are encouraged
to spy on neighbors, and where all facets of our private lives are monitored
and recorded by surveillance gadgets of every kind. It's not hard to
imagine how in the near future we might see scenarios like the following:
* You're walking through an unfamiliar city and happen onto a bookstore
that carries various "leftist magazines" and anti-globalist signs,
bumper stickers and other such paraphernalia. Without the knowledge
of the store's owner, a device has been surreptitiously placed in
the store's window casement by the FBI which detects a signal being
emitted by a computer chip in the driver's license of anyone who stands
outside the window for any length of time.
You are now tagged as a Leftist and an enemy of George Bush's American
New World Order System. You are entered into a data base, and this
information comes up in a routine security check that is required
of you for a promotion. You are denied the promotion; not only that,
you are laid off a few weeks later. You are never told the real reason
why you were denied the promotion, or why you were laid off. All you
know is that you are now unemployed, your house is in foreclosure
and your car has been repossessed.
* You open your home up as a house-church. One of those who have
decided to meet with you is John, a former member of a large "super-church"
in the area affiliated with C. Peter Wagner's "International Coalition
of Apostles" (ACM). John has spoken out on numerous occasions against
the "goings on" in that church; in addition (and unbeknownst to you),
he is also known by the police to have attended numerous anti-WTO
demonstrations and meetings throughout the country, and has been photographed
by the police carrying a sign, "The Religious Right and the Business
Right: An Alliance Made in Hell."
of your neighbors, Karl - who faithfully attends the "super-church"
that John had once attended, and who, unlike John, is a slavish devotee
of George Bush's American New World Order System - spots John going
in and out of your home on the weekends. He maliciously reports your
meetings (and John's attendance at them) as "suspicious" to the local
police (after all, any meeting larger than four or five people in
a private home is now "suspicious" in the "new order of things").
The police in turn report your meetings (and John's attendance at
them) to the local office of Homeland Security; they do a data search
on John and come up with his picture holding the sign.
are now tagged as being an opponent of Bush's American New World Order
System, and you and your family (and probably everyone else attending
your "house-church") are entered into the data base as "enemies of
the state" - and all because one of your neighbors whom John offended
in his criticism of the local "super-church" spotted John at your
house. You can now expect a knock on your door late at night sometime
in the future, maybe after the next "manufactured" 9/11 event. [Please
see our articles, "The Events of September 11, 2001: What's Going
On," and "Conspiracy Theories."]
Both of these scenarios are now possible as a result of the USA Patriot
Act, and if these scenarios "hit on you," you are a prime candidate
for "protective custody," the same kind of "protective custody" that
the Hitler regime practiced in Germany in the 1930s; there, people placed
into "protective custody" ultimately found their way to the Dacau concentration
Dacau was the first concentration camp in Germany. It was established
a few weeks after Hitler's ascension to power in a former powder mill
about twelve miles from Munich. There was no secret about the camp's
existence - just like there is no secret today about America's first
concentration camp in Guantanamo Bay, or the fact that the government
is making plans to extend such camps to the "mainland." Dacau's existence
was even announced at a press conference. It began with 250 prisoners,
but was rapidly expanded to hold thousands and thousands of additional
prisoners - all "political detainees" (so-called "enemies of the state").
Dacau was meant to serve as a deterrent to political opposition against
Hitler, and it did so. Its dreaded name soon became a byword
for the largely unspoken horrors awaiting anyone who dared to defy the
Nazis: "Keep quiet or you'll end up in Dacau" was soon to become
a part of the common lexicon throughout Germany - and that's precisely
what's happening today in the United States with regard to Guantanamo
Bay. It too is becoming a byword against opposition to the American
New World Order System.
NEW GUIDELINES ON DOMESTIC SPYING
Nobody wants to end up in Dacau, or the American equivalent, Guantanamo
Bay, which is now a very real possibility in view of the fact that in
May of 2002, Attorney General Ashcroft issued new guidelines on domestic
spying that significantly increases the freedom of "federal agents"
to conduct surveillance on American individuals and organizations.
Under the new guidelines, government agents can infiltrate "any event
that is open to the public," from public meetings and demonstrations
to political conventions and church services - even those held in
private homes. Obviously, the term "open to the public" has been
stretched to include almost anything when it encompasses church or political
meetings in private homes.
TAKING US "BACK TO THE FUTURE"
These new guidelines "take us back to the future" - i.e., to the government
abuses of the 1950s and 1960s, abuses that included such things as surveillance
of ALL political groups that disagreed with the government,
anonymous letters sent to the spouses of those who opposed the government
to try to ruin their marriages, and the infamous campaign against Martin
Luther King, who was investigated and harassed for decades. And make
no mistake about it, the new guidelines are purely for spying on Americans;
there is a separate set of guidelines to cover investigations
inside the U.S. of foreign powers and terrorist organizations such as
guidelines that Ashcroft just promulgated are directed SOLELY
at U.S. citizens; I suppose that all this is being done - at least insofar
as Ashcroft is concerned - for "Christ and the church." I guess that
makes it okay; that's what a lot of Christians think. [Please see our
material on the machinations of the government against Martin Luther
King in our recent article, "Now Is The Time To Do Something; It May
Be Too Late Tomorrow."]
Ashcroft's guidelines sow suspicion among citizens and extend the government's
surveillance power into the smallest capillaries of American life. In
this regard it's important to take note of the fact that it's NOT
just the reality of government surveillance that chills free expression,
but the thought that we MIGHT be the object of such surveillance
that chills, a notion that is easily generated when we are constantly
forced to wonder whether the person sitting next to us at a social gathering
- or even a church meeting - is secretly informing the government on
PEOPLE CAVE IN AND RUSH TO JOIN THE NAZI PARTY
Dividing citizen from citizen by encouraging mutual suspicion - that's
what the new Ashcroft guidelines are all about - guidelines that have
dramatically extended government surveillance into every nook and cranny
of American society. Such a strategy was central to the Hitler regime.
No wonder, then, that by August of 1934 all of Germany's remaining organizations,
institutions, and representative bodies, clubs, and professional groups
had RUSHED to align themselves with the new regime. How
quickly people "come around" when confronted with the brutality of a
police state - ALL THEIR EARLIER PROTESTATIONS TO THE CONTRARY THAT
THEY WOULD NEVER SUCCUMB TO SUCH PRESSURE NOTWITHSTANDING.
The fact is, most people do succumb - even the "best" people. And this
was happening all over Germany - not only in large cities and at the
elite level, but in countless small towns and villages: the fact is,
people were intimidated, and wherever possible, those who could "turned
coat" and rushed to join the Nazi Party. Business and professional associations,
sports clubs, choral societies, shooting clubs, patriotic associations
and most other forms of organized activity hastened to place themselves
under Nazi control in the first months of the Third Reich.
THE SHAME OF IT ALL
Take, for example, what happened to Theodor Leipart, the chairman of
the trade union confederation, the ADGB; Leipart had tried to "blow
with the prevailing wind," distancing the unions from the socialists
(SPD) and the communists (KPD), and offering a declaration of loyalty
to the new regime. By then, there had been frequent incidents in which
union functionaries had been beaten up by squads of SA men, and union
offices ransacked. Leipart agreed to work with the new regime and took
part in a huge union rally in support of Hitler at Templehof airport
in Berlin on May Day in 1933.
The following day, however, the "razzmatazz" over, Leipart was arrested
and thrown into Dacau. Leipart had sold himself down the drain, but
to what effect? - he was still murdered. And I am afraid that such will
be the case with countless numbers of Christians, even former Antipas
people, when the functionaries of Bush's American New World Order System
and their lackeys in the apostate church come for them.
the same applied also to the broad cultural sphere. Goebbels took up
with great energy and enthusiasm his task of ensuring that the press,
radio, film productions, theater, music, the visual arts, literature,
and all other forms of cultural activity were "in line" with the new
It was no different among the intellectual leaders in universities.
For example, Germany's most eminent philosopher, Martin Heidegger, and
its best-known constitutional lawyer, Carl Schmitt, placed themselves
behind the regime.
so it went all over Germany as people betrayed their convictions and
rushed to position themselves in line with the "new reality." All of
them made deals to preserve themselves; some - like Heidegger and Schmitt
- got away with it, but in doing so, they cloaked themselves with eternal
shame; that too, I am afraid, is going to happen to innumerable Christians
throughout the country. GOD WILL REMEMBER; these things do not
escape His attention!
WE ARE NOW BUT A
HAIR'S BREADTH AWAY
Brothers and sisters, listen to me here! We are nothing more than a
hair's breadth away from the same kind of descent into hell that Germany
took in the 1930s.
very real fact of the matter is, there are forces "in play" in the United
States that all but guarantee that soon - very soon now - the
United States will transform itself into a dictatorship in almost the
exact same manner that Germany was mutated into one seventy years ago;
and if you don't see what's happening, it's because you have PURPOSEFULLY
chosen NOT to see.
The philosopher, George Santyana, has said, "Those who do not learn
from the past are bound to repeat it." And it's true. [Please see
our article, "The Birth of a Christian Police State," "Ashcroft: Making
a List of Dissenters," and "John Ashcroft, Theodore Olson and the New
National Security State."]
THE IRRESISTIBLE LOGIC
fact is, as we indicated in previous articles, there is an IRRESISTIBLE
logic and historicity that is connected to the coming dictatorship;
and that is: THE AMERICAN ELITES CAN NO LONGER CONTINUE TO RULE BY
RESORT TO REAL DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS. Their economic policies
have become so onerous and oppressive not only in America's client-states,
but in America as well, their greed so repulsive, their covetousness
and their depravity so nauseous that no one in their right mind would
willingly support them any longer. [Please see our articles, "Greed,
Avarice, and the Coming Dictatorship;" "The Versailles Phenomenon" and
"The American Empire: the Corporate / Pentagon / CIA / Missionary Archipelago."]
evangelicals -- who probably are no longer in their right mind
anyway as a result of the noxious poison they have been purposefully
fed over the years by their leadership, a leadership that has "whored"
the church out to the economic elites, and wickedly purveys a belief
system that HALLOWS THE HUMAN QUEST FOR PROSPERITY AND SANCTIFIES
AS A MORAL IMPERATIVE -- are likely to stick by Bush and his elite
cohorts. [Please see our article, "A Woman Riding a Beast Going Forth
Conquering and to Conquer," and "The Cedars: The House on 24th Street."]
dialectic of dictatorship (if I can be permitted to use that phrase)
has by now become inexorable - and while for a time the institutions
of democracy might be preserved with great effort, they will be so "hollowed
out" that they will no longer count for anything. The fact is, the United
States has created a vast empire of client states that is ruled over
by toady-like indigenous elites in the employ of U.S. multinational
corporations whose interests are so predatory and grasping that the
indigenous elites that serve the interests of these American multinationals
can be maintained in power only at the point of a gun - an AMERICAN
American troops are now deployed in one hundred and twenty countries
all over the world trying to hold this empire, which is inherently unstable,
together - AND THERE IS NO WAY FOR THE U.S. TO PULL BACK. This
isn't like Vietnam where we were able to pull our troops out and live
to fight another day. Back in the 1960s and early '70s when we extricated
ourselves from that quagmire, the process of globalization had barely
started. Only a tiny fraction of our corporations were heavily invested
outside the country, and no one would have known what you were talking
about had you mentioned the phrase "multinational corporation." Outside
of Coca Cola, there was no such a thing.
That's not true anymore. American corporations are hugely invested
in the Third World now. Indeed, many of these corporations are more
heavily invested in the Third World chasing cheap labor and cheap raw
materials than they are in the United States. As a result, AMERICAN
TROOPS MUST STAY IN THE THIRD WORLD IF ONLY TO STAND GUARD OVER THESE
INVESTMENTS, AND - NOT ONLY THAT - THEY WILL PROBABLY HAVE TO BE GREATLY
AUGMENTED IN NUMBER IN THE COMING YEARS, NO MATTER WHAT THE AMERICAN
PUBLIC THINKS, AND NO MATTER HOW COSTLY IN DEATHS AND MUTILATIONS TO
THE SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF "MIDDLE AMERICA" WHO MUST DO MOST OF THE FIGHTING
AND DYING. It's either that, or all these corporations (together
with the American elite) face bankruptcy and ruin.
This is serious stuff - so serious that its outcome cannot be entrusted
to the capricious whims of the American public and what the elites consider
the "maudlin," "mushy," "teary-eyed" concerns of average Americans for
the lives of their sons and daughters. THERE'S TOO MUCH MONEY INVOLVED
HERE. The elites remember what happened in Vietnam when the American
public - in the face of growing causality rates - demanded that the
U.S. get its troops out, and took to the streets to demonstrate their
anger. The elites won't let that happen again, even if it means hollowing
out our democratic institutions and imposing a dictatorship on the American
people. [Again, please see our article, "Greed, Avarice and the Coming
WHEN WILL IT ALL HAPPEN? - THE ELECTION OF 2004
when will all this happen? - well, it's hard to be precise in such matters,
but if I had to guess, it will probably occur shortly after the election
of 2004 when all the constraints that are presently holding Bush, Ashcroft
and their cohorts in check will be lifted (after all, they will no longer
have to worry about re-election), and they will be free to transform
our nation once and for all from a democracy into a dictatorship - constraints
that have helped to reign in forces that aim to strip us of our civil
rights; plunge our nation into a state of perpetual, unending war against
"Terrorism" (which is anything the state defines it as); draft our children
- sons and daughters alike - into "national service" in support of the
rapacious appetite of George Bush's American New World Order System;
create a vast gulag of prison camps and detention centers where "enemies
of the state" will be "disappeared" never to be heard of again; where
close surveillance of our personal lives will become a tedious, everyday
affair; where people will be afraid to talk openly to their friends
and loved ones; where home meetings of any kind will be closely monitored;
and, finally, WHERE THE CHURCH WILL BE MELDED INTO THE STATE AND
MADE TO SERVE ITS INTERESTS. [Please see our article, "Creating
a Common Partnership Between the Moneyed Elites and the Religious Right;"
please also see the article by John Stanton, "Bush's Operation Clean
Sweep: World War IV." Stanton and his partner Wayne Madsen, are leftist-oriented
researchers who write for the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG)
at www.globalresearch.ca in Canada; while we do not agree with everything
they have to say, it certainly is worth taking a look at.]
WE MUST CONTINUE ON WITH THE WORK
One year! All we have is one year before the state - and the church
that serves that state - begins actually trying to shut us down here
in the United States. What kind of a strategy, then, can we devise that
would enable us to stand against what's happening? We've been giving
this question a lot of thought and prayer here at Antipas, after all,
we can't keep quiet! We can't stand idly by while the church of D. James
Kennedy, Charles Stanley, C. Peter Wagner, etc. posture as the "Church
of Jesus Christ" while partnering with George Bush's American New World
Order System to rape and pillage the world in the interests of the American
about that! - oppressing and impoverishing the peoples and nations of
the earth IN CHRIST'S NAME. I can think of nothing so
disgusting and nauseous as this: linking the name of the POOR
Carpenter of Nazareth to the "bottom line" of corporations like Cargil,
ADL, IBM, AT&T, General Electric, General Motors, Ford Motor Company,
etc., and in so doing making Christ appear as a participant in the crimes
of these corporations and the New World Order System that defends their
greed and avarice. WHAT KIND OF A CHURCH IS THIS? - A CHURCH THAT
IS SO TWISTED AND GNARLED IN ITS THINKING THAT IT EVIDENTLY THINKS THAT
IT'S OKAY TO SEIZE THE WORLD FOR "CHRIST AND THE CHURCH" BY "BOMBING
THE HELL OUT OF IT." [Please see our article, "A Woman Riding a
Beast Going Forth Conquering and to Conquer."]
"I AM FIGHTING FOR THE WORK OF THE LORD"
Does this seem right to you? It sure seems right to George Bush, John
Ashcroft and their lackeys in the evangelical church - and the sad fact
of the matter is, the more Bush and his cronies say that they are waging
war for the sake of "Christ and the church," the more they sound like
Hitler who - in his first radio address to the German people after coming
to power - announced:
"The national government ... will maintain and defend the foundations
on which the power of our nation rests. IT WILL OFFER STRONG PROTECTION
who - two weeks later, in a speech in Stuttgart on February 16, 1933
"TODAY CHRISTIANS ... STAND AT THE HEAD OF GERMANY ...
I pledge that I never will tie myself to parties who want to destroy
Christianity ... We want to fill our culture again with the Christian
spirit ... We want to burn out all the recent immoral developments
in literature, in the theater, and in the press - in short, we want
to burn out the poison of immorality which has entered into our whole
life and culture as a result of liberal excess during the past ...
finally, who said that in exterminating the Jews -
"I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator
... I AM FIGHTING FOR THE WORK OF THE LORD."
All this talk about Hitler and Christianity sounds incredible today!
- but it is no more incredible than what Bush and his cronies in the
evangelical church are doing, and it rings just as hollow in Bush's
mouth as it did seventy years ago in the mouth of Adolf Hitler. What
a farce! What an extraordinary sham! - but Christians in this country
are falling for it by the droves. I wonder how many Christians would
have known that the above quotes were from Hitler? And more than that,
I cannot help but wonder - had I affixed George Bush's name to those
quotes - how many Christians would have known the difference? Yet a
little investigation - just a little - would have made it all clear.
Trouble is, most Christians don't want to take the time. [Please see
our articles, "The Third World as a Model for the New World Order" and
"Inside the American New World Order System."]
ON NOW! AGAIN I ASK, HOW CAN WE STAND IDLY BY AND LET CHRIST'S NAME
BE LINKED TO THIS KIND OF AVARICE AND GREED WITHOUT A PROTEST? GOD'S
NAME IS AT STAKE HERE! HIS HOLINESS IS IN QUESTION! God help
us if we fail to speak out. Again, I remind you of Ezek. 33:2-6:
"Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto
them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land
take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman:
"If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet,
and warn the people;
"Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not
warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be
upon his own head.
"He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood
shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his
"But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet,
and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person
from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; BUT HIS BLOOD
WILL I REQUIRE AT THE WATCHMAN'S HAND. (Ezek. 33:2-6)
THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM
We must speak out! The fact is, we have been commissioned by God to
do so! And this commission has a name: it's called the "GOSPEL
OF THE KINGDOM."
Now, it's important to note in this connection that we are not talking
here about the "Gospel of Salvation:" i.e., that "... Christ Jesus
came into the world to save sinners ..." (I Tim. 1:15) This is something
different: the "Gospel of the Kingdom!"
why has this Gospel been made necessary: because Satan has befouled
the "established church" to such an extent that he has rendered the
church's TESTIMONY ineffectual insofar as the poor and
destitute of the world are concerned, making it in their eyes a rich,
white man's religion having nothing to do with them; a religious system
that is irrevocably tied to their hated oppressor, the American New
World Order System. The truth is, whether American Christians today
want to believe it or not, unbelievers can no longer see the Savior
because of the church. Never before - NOT EVEN IN LUTHER'S DAY
- has the church been as polluted as it is now - and so much so that
the Bible depicts it as a WHORE that has sold herself
out to the world (i.e., the elites) for money. [Please see our article,
"The Rich Have Seized Control of the Church."]
A WHORE! - that's what the Bible calls her:
"And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials,
and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will show unto
thee the judgment of the great WHORE that sitteth
upon many waters:
"And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked
with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in
her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication
..." (Rev. 17:1, 4)
WE ARE TOLD TO COME OUT OF HER
We are called upon to disassociate ourselves from this WHORE.
This is why the Bible says:
"COME OUT OF HER, my people, that ye be not partakers of her
sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues." (Rev. 18:4)
Don't think - even for a minute - that the poor of the earth can see
Jesus while standing in the shadow of this WHORE. They
can't. We are to "come out of her," and by doing so make Christ visible
to the destitute and bereft of this world - and we are to do it NOW,
not sometime in the future at a time better suited to our needs, as
some suppose and advocate. God's plans do not exist for our convenience.
"GOOD NEWS" FOR THE POOR
The word "gospel" means "GOOD NEWS" - and the "good news"
here is for the poor and oppressed of the earth: that God is soon going
to "make things right" insofar as they are concerned. The "Gospel of
the Kingdom" JUXTAPOSES the poor of the world over and against
the rich, and places God on the side of the poor. This is "BAD
NEWS" for the rich:
"Go to now, ye rich men (and be clear here; it's not just unbelievers
that the Bible is talking about here, but believers as well), WEEP
AND HOWL FOR YOUR MISERIES THAT SHALL COME UPON YOU.
"Your riches are CORRUPTED, and your garments are MOTHEATEN.
"Your gold and silver is CANKERED; and the rust of them
shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were
fire. YE HAVE HEAPED TREASURE TOGETHER FOR THE LAST DAYS.
"Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields,
which is of you KEPT BACK BY FRAUD, crieth: and the
cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the
Lord of sabaoth (people you have worked to death in your sweatshops
in Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Haiti, Mexico, Panama,
"Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have
nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter.
"Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist
you. (James 5:1-6)
Jesus wasn't kidding around here when He said,
"Verily I say unto you, That A RICH MAN SHALL HARDLY ENTER THE
KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.
"And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through
the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom
of God." (Matt. 19:23-24) [And that's the eye of a SEWING
needle, not the door in some imaginary gate in the city of Jerusalem
as some very ignorant and stupid evangelical leaders purvey to their
followers; and in doing so, storing up God's wrath against themselves
on THAT day.]
Contrary to what countless numbers of today's Christian leaders wickedly
purvey to their followers, the NEW TESTAMENT has very
little good to say about money, and Jesus has NO interest
in making His followers rich; indeed, just the opposite! He advises
His followers to -
"Lay NOT up for yourselves treasures upon earth,
where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through
"But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth
nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor
steal ..." (Matt. 6:19-20)
And Paul the Apostle says:
"For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can
carry nothing out.
"And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
"But THEY THAT WILL BE RICH FALL INTO A TEMPTATION AND
A SNARE, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which
drown men in destruction and PERDITION." (1 Tim. 6:7-9)
ONE OF THE GREAT HALLMARKS OF CHRIST'S MINISTRY
The very real fact of the matter is, one of the great hallmarks of
Christ's ministry was that it was directed toward the poor; JESUS
IDENTIFIED HIMSELF WITH THE POOR AND OPPRESSED of the earth. Indeed,
when the disciples of John (the Baptist) came to Christ and asked Him
whether He was the Messiah or not -
"Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and show John again those
things which ye do hear and see:
"The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are
cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, AND THE
POOR HAVE THE GOSPEL PREACHED TO THEM." (Matt. 11:4-5)
And again Jesus said:
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because HE HATH ANOINTED ME
TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR (To whom? - the poor, not the
rich); he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance
to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, TO SET
AT LIBERTY THEM THAT ARE BRUISED ..." (Luke 4:18)
THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM MUST BE
PREACHED TO THE WHOLE WORLD
The "Gospel of the Kingdom" is the "GOOD NEWS OF LIBERATION"
for the poor and destitute of the world - that Jesus is coming again
to free the poor from the oppression of the rich; and when He comes
"Every valley shall be filled (the poor shall be lifted up), and
every mountain and hill shall be brought low (the rich shall be
brought down); and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough
ways shall be made smooth (those who have been hurt by the rich
shall be made whole);
"And all flesh shall see the salvation of God." (Luke 3:5-6)
IS GOOD NEWS INDEED! - and we have been commissioned to preach it
to the WHOLE world, and then - and only then -
will the end come:
"And this GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM shall be preached in
all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the
end come." (Matt. 24:14)
when is it that we should begin preaching this GOOD NEWS? - NOW!
Right NOW! - and by doing so JUXTAPOSING
the "Kingdom of God" against the "Kingdom of this World" that D. James
Kennedy, Charles Stanley, C. Peter Wagner, Ted Haggert, Cindy Jacobs,
etc. are wickedly purveying to their followers. [Please see Chapter
V ("Understanding the Book of Revelation") and Chapter VII (The First
Half of the Seventieth Week; The Beginning of Sorrows") of the Antipas
Obviously, then, our deadliest opponent insofar as the "Good News of
the Kingdom" is concerned will be the Religious Right, and in recognizing
this fact, we must also recognize the fact that it is here in the United
States that the power of the Religious Right is centered.
THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT IS STRICTLY
AN AMERICAN PHENOMENON
The fact is, there is NO such thing as a "Religious Right"
anywhere else. The truth is, Christianity is passé elsewhere
in the West; it is out of fashion both socially and intellectually.
It's only in the United States that Christianity enjoys any real prestige
and POWER - and it is precisely this alliance between
Christianity (so-called) and politics in this country that puts real
Christians here in such deadly peril.
In connection with this, we must recognize the fact that while the
rule of "Babylon the Great" (i.e., George Bush's American New World
Order System) will eventually reach into every crook and crevice of
the world, America itself is way ahead of the curve on this phenomenon
right now, and it is only going to get worse - much worse - after
the 2004 election. This is what makes the situation so deadly
for Christians in the United States (and not so deadly in other Western
nations, including Canada).
In a very real way, our situation parallels the situation that Christ
faced when He was on earth 2,000 years ago. It wasn't so much Roman
power that put Christ to death - the Romans probably didn't even know
who He was; it was the RELIGIOUS ESTABLISHMENT of His
time that put Him to death by delivering Him up to the Romans and demanding
that they (i.e., the Romans) crucify Him. And why was that? - because
it was against this power (i.e., RELIGIOUS ESTABLISHMENT
that Jesus RAGED when He said,
"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, HYPOCRITES! for ye
pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier
matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to
have done, and not to leave the other undone.
"Ye BLIND GUIDES, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a
"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, HYPOCRITES! for ye
make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within
THEY ARE FULL OF EXTORTION AND EXCESS.
"Thou BLIND PHARISEE, cleanse first that which is within
the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.
"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, HYPOCRITES! for YE
ARE LIKE UNTO WHITED SEPULCHERS (graves), which indeed appear
beautiful outward, but are within FULL OF DEAD MEN'S BONES, AND
OF ALL UNCLEANNESS.
"Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within
YE ARE FULL OF HYPOCRISY AND INIQUITY.
"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, HYPOCRITES!
because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish (decorate)
the sepulchers (tombs) of the righteous,
"And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not
have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.
"Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that YE ARE THE
CHILDREN OF THEM WHICH KILLED THE PROPHETS.
"Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.
"YE SERPENTS, YE GENERATION OF VIPERS, HOW CAN YE ESCAPE THE
DAMNATION OF HELL?" (Matt. 23:23-33)
IF THEY HAVE CALLED THE MASTER
OF THE HOUSE BEELZEBUB
Pretty heavy! - and you thought we were harsh insofar as our religious
leaders are concerned? Not half as harsh as Jesus was! - that was enough
for the RELIGIOUS ESTABLISHMENT of Christ's day to hand
Him over to the Romans. So also with us today. Jesus said:
"... ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that
endureth to the end shall be saved.
"But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another:
for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities
of Israel, till the Son of man be come.
"The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his
"It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the
servant as his lord. IF THEY HAVE CALLED THE MASTER OF THE HOUSE
(i.e., Christ) BEELZEBUB, HOW MUCH MORE SHALL THEY CALL THEM
OF HIS (i.e., Christ's) HOUSEHOLD?" (Matt. 10:22-25)
Yes, you had better understand something here! - America's RELIGIOUS
ESTABLISHMENT hates us and others like us.
But there's no such religious power in Western Europe [in this connection
it should be noted that today's papacy is nothing more than a vacuous,
empty shell (at least insofar as its power extends to the continent
of Europe), contrary to what many rather insipid, half-witted evangelicals
think]; there's no such religious power in Australia, Canada, New Zealand,
South Africa, etc.
Only in the United States is such power extant (real) - and they are
the ones who will demand that Antipas and others like us be rounded
up and jailed.
THE ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL ELITES
DON'T EVEN KNOW WHO WE ARE
The economic and political elites could care less what happens to us;
the only ones who care are people like D. James Kennedy, Tim LaHaye,
Pat Robertson, Ted Haggert, C. Peter Wagner, etc. - and that's because
we are "rattling their cage" and exposing them for the FRAUDS
they really are. And BELIEVE ME WHEN I TELL YOU THAT THEY KNOW WHO
ANTIPAS IS! THEY KNOW!
No doubt Christians in this country (again, so-called) hope to EXPORT
this "Christo-political" alliance to the rest of the world, AND
THEY WILL DO SO IN TIME - AT THE POINT OF A SWORD AND THROUGH THE
BARREL OF A GUN. That's how the American elites are hiding their
greed - behind a facade of "Christian-speak." But that hasn't happened
yet, and it may take some time before it does. Until then, these countries
ÉMIGRÉS FOR CHRIST
In this connection, it is useful to compare what happened to Germany
and Europe as a whole in the 1930s to what's happening today in the
United States and the rest of the world. Nazism began in Germany in
1933, and while it eventually spread to the rest of Europe through a
combination of subterfuge and naked conquest, it had its beginnings
in Germany. The terror and brutality, the concentration camps, the regimentation
of society, the censorship, etc. all began first in Germany, and to
a large degree remained CONFINED there until September,
1939. Indeed, until it broke out of Germany in that year, it had very
little effect even on the countries immediately bordering Germany,
like Holland and Denmark. By the time fascism spread to Poland, Denmark,
Norway, Holland, Belgium, France, etc., the German people had already
suffered through seven years of concentration camps, censorship and
By simply moving from Hamburg to Copenhagen - a matter of one international
boundary and a few hundred kilometers - a German opponent of Hitler's
regime bought himself seven more years to fight Hitler, maybe no longer
in Germany - that country was by then TOTALLY lost - but
in the rest of the world where countless numbers of German refugees
and émigrés "wandered the streets" of Europe warning people
of the danger Hitler posed to the world. Indeed, the at-the-time famous
movie "Watch on the Rhine" (which received a number of Oscars for 1938)
depicts the true story of one such émigré in the United
States. Are you prepared to become an émigré for Christ?
"... wandering (about) in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens
and caves of the earth." (Heb. 11:38)
You may have to become one if you want to continue on with the Gospel
(the Good News) of the Kingdom that God has commissioned into our hands
to take to the whole world.
COME OUT OF HER! - THERE MAY BE MORE OF A
PHYSICALITY HERE THAN MANY OF US WANT TO ADMIT
Concerning Babylon, the Bible says:
"... COME OUT OF HER, my people, that ye be not partakers
of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. (Rev. 18:4)
Now we have never touched much on the PHYSICALITY of
this verse because we knew that it was probably too much for most people
to bear; but the truth is, in talking about "Babylon the Great," it
is very difficult to tell sometimes when the spiritual gives way to
the physical, and the religious gives way to the commercial and the
political in Revelation chapters 17, 18, and 19. They are so intertwined
with one another that it is difficult to tell where the one ends and
the other begins, so that today in George Bush's America, when a person
touches the one, he is touching the other.
AND NOTHING DEMONSTRATES THIS REALITY MORE THAN THE FACT THAT IN
TODAY'S AMERICA, JOHN ASHCROFT - A LAY PASTOR IN THE ASSEMBLIES OF GOD
- IS GEORGE BUSH'S HEINRICH HIMMLER. The incongruity of it
all! - that a "born-again" Christian is the master of our Secret Police
and the keeper of our dungeons (concentration camps), but that's what's
happening today in the United States, and it indicates the degree to
which the church has been co-opted by the state (meaning George Bush's
American New World Order System) in today's America.
IN GEORGE BUSH'S AMERICA, TO ATTACK
THE CHURCH IS TO ATTACK THE STATE
To attack the one means to attack the other; to denounce the church
is to denounce the state - and, again, it's here - it's precisely
here - THAT A GREAT PERSECUTION WILL BREAK OUT AGAINST GOD'S PEOPLE
- i.e., against those Christians who refuse to allow themselves to be
used as lackeys by the economic elites; a persecution pushed not just
by the economic and political elites, but principally by those Christians
who have joined themselves to George Bush's American New World Order
System, and by serving it, think they are "doing God a service" - Christians
(so-called) like Paul Crouch, Jack Hayford, Charles Stanley, D. James
Kennedy, Tim LaHaye, the late John Wimber, Juan Carlos Ortiz, C. Peter
Wagner, Beverley LaHaye, Ern Baxter, Kenneth Copeland, the late Kenneth
Hagin, Oral Roberts, Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, Chuck Colson, David
Yonggi Cho, Robert Stearns, Mike Bickle, Reuven Doron, Che Ahn, Frank
Hammond, Cindy Jacobs, Bill Hamon, John Eckhardt, Bobbie Byerly, Dutch
Sheets, Jim Goll, John Paul Jackson, James Ryle, Frank Damazio, Ed Silvoso,
Carlos Annacondia, Claudio Freidzon, Roger Mitchell, Ted Haggart, Paul
Cain, Chuck Pierce, Rick Joyner, Kingsley Fletcher, Jim Laffoon, Barbara
Wentroble, ad infinitum.
In this kind of socio-religious regime, when one refuses to "go along
to get along" with the church, he will be persecuted not only by the
church, but by the state as well, and so much so that -
"... they shall deliver you up to councils (the state); and in the
... (churches) ye shall be beaten (the church): and ye shall be brought
before rulers and kings (again, the state) for my sake, for a testimony
against them." (Mark 13:9)
Note carefully in this verse that both the church and the state are
involved here, and this manifestly indicates how closely the church
and the state have become intermingled.
This is very plainly where George Bush's America is headed - AND
MOST EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS THINK THIS IS A WONDERFUL THING! For
example, the late R.J. Rushdoony thought so when he wrote:
"In winning a nation to the gospel, the sword as well as the pen
must be used."
This is what Kenneth Copeland thinks too:
"This country belongs to God ... Hes the One who brought the
United States of America into existence. He had a special purpose
for it ... He raised it up, and its not going to be taken away
And Oliver North:
"This is our government. They (the secular-humanists) stole it. And
were coming to take it back."
And not only evangelicals, but Catholics like Gary Potter, President,
Catholics for Christian Political Action, who has said"
"When the Christian majority takes over this country, there will
be no satanic churches, no more free distribution of pornography,
no more abortion on demand, and no more talk of rights for homosexuals.
After the Christian majority takes control, pluralism (i.e., multiculturalism)
will be seen as immoral and evil and the state will not permit anybody
the right to practice evil."
THE COMING "CLEANSING ACTION"
eyes of people like this, the church and the state are one; attack the
one, and you attack the other - and there will be consequences. Bob
"As we see the day approaching theres going to be a CLEANSING
... theres going to be a purging ... coming forth ...
and everyone thats living under the immorality cover ... will
be brought down (to hell) ..."
A CLEANSING ACTION? Now this is very serious stuff! -
That's the kind of thing evangelist Cubie Ward advocated in his magazine,
"Killing for the joy of it is wrong, but killing because it
is necessary to fight against an anti-Christ system ... is not only
right, but the duty of every Christian."
take the answer given by a group of American evangelical pastors in
the late 1980s (during the Contra Wars) when asked to explain why their
parishioners in Honduras attacked and massacred a group of villagers
(socialists affiliated with the Sandanistas) in the Nicaraguan village
of San Francisco del Norte while "praising God," "speaking in tongues"
and "singing hymns." The answer? -
"... they dont massacre people ... They massacre demons,
and these people are demon possessed: theyre communists ..."
[Please see our article, "The Death Squads, Bringing in the Kingdom
of God through Terror, Torture, and Death."]
It's little wonder that - against this kind of mindset - Jesus said,
"Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye
therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
"But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils,
and they will scourge you in their synagogues;
"And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake,
for a testimony against them and the Gentiles." (Matt. 10:16-18)
PURPOSEFULLY UNDERESTIMATING THE DANGER WE ARE IN
Brothers and sisters, this is a hard saying, but it's true: once a
Nazi-like clampdown overtakes a country, there is not much that one
can do anymore. Of course, people who have never seen or lived through
such a clampdown think that that's being "defeatist" and pessimistic.
That's what Schoeps, Leber, Lehman, Kellerman and others in Germany
in the 1930s thought too.
In addition, they all believed that if things really did get bad, there
would be enough time for them to get out. They had no real idea how
fast Germany would slide from a democracy to a dictatorship - and, sadly,
their failure to rightly assess their precarious situation stemmed largely
from the fact that THEY DIDN'T REALLY WANT TO GO. Leaving Germany
and everything they had worked for there - as well as family and friends
- was simply too much for them to bear.
As a result, they PURPOSEFULLY chose to underestimate
the danger they were facing, and, what's worse - they urged others in
their community to do the same. Clearly, that's what Kellerman, Lehman
and Schoeps all did. Lehman's words that "we as Jews reaffirm a life
in Germany and for Germany" and Kellerman's words about Jews "holding
on to their German identity" are - in the light of what followed - about
as ASININE and as FOOLISH as any words ever
And more than that, all the talk by these men about remaining in Germany
and fighting Hitler "from within" the country was equally disingenuous.
NONE OF THEM REALLY INTENDED TO DO ANYTHING OTHER THAN TO "LIE LOW"
AND LET THINGS "BLOW OVER." And that's PRECISELY what
most Christians in the United States - even those associated with Antipas
- think as well.
They are PURPOSEFULLY underestimating the danger they're
in - and they are doing it largely because if they truthfully and objectively
measured the danger that is enveloping them, they would be compelled
to take action that they are not prepared or are too afraid to take
- and they cover their fear with a lot of empty talk about "fighting
from within" and saying that if things really do begin to go bad, there
will be enough time to get out. Again, this is EXACTLY
what Leber, Schoeps, Kellerman, etc. thought seventy years ago in Germany.
But it was all just one excuse piled on another to absolve their failure
to act, each excuse carefully positioned in the pile to reinforce the
IT'S ALL SO STUPID
It's all so stupid! It was stupid seventy years ago, and it's stupid
now - especially coming from people who heretofore have been unable
to even begin a house-church in their homes or help the ministry out
financially on a regular basis.
It's UTTERLY vacuous for people like this to say, "I'm
not afraid to die." It's nothing more than empty jangling. Not afraid
to die? - and this from people who don't even have the guts to do anything
MEANINGFUL now. Come on!
But more than that, the Bible doesn't call us to die for Christ, it
calls us to LIVE for Christ. The commission that God has
given us in these "Last Days" is to preach the "GOOD NEWS OF THE
KINGDOM," and we can't do that from the grave. Hence the words of
Jesus when He said:
"BUT WHEN THEY PERSECUTE YOU IN THIS CITY, FLEE YE INTO ANOTHER
..." (Matt. 10:22-23)
And as we flee from one place to the next, we are to take this Gospel
with us and loudly proclaim it wherever we go. Our fleeing from city
to city, state to state, province to province, and even NATION
to NATION is the means through which the Gospel of the
Kingdom will be spread.
Of course, fleeing doesn't mean that we are afraid to die. Not at all.
Indeed, Paul said,
"For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain." (Phil. 1:21)
But he went on to say:
"Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you." (Phil.
In other words, for the sake of the "GOOD NEWS OF THE KINGDOM"
we must stay alive as long as we can. It's for this reason that we are
decamping for Canada - so that we can continue with the work that God
has given us. Again, Jesus said:
"But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another ..."
"... The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few ..."
And again He said
"... Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white
already to harvest." (John 4:35)
And He continued by saying:
"PRAY YE THEREFORE THE LORD OF THE HARVEST, THAT HE WILL SEND
FORTH LABOURERS INTO HIS HARVEST." (Matt. 9:37-38)
That's what we are after: A GREAT HARVEST OF SOULS!
RE-ASSESSING OUR SITUATION AS A MINISTRY
the light of ALL this, how then do we develop a strategy
for us to SUCCESSFULLY enter into this harvest as laborers?
Well, we can begin by recognizing what we have done so far that hasn't
worked. This doesn't mean that there isn't a lot that we have done that
has been successful - very SUCCESSFUL. For example, as
things stand right now, we have just about the largest CHRISTIAN
website (with the greatest amount of "hits") in the world, and it is
because of this website that we have made contact with YOU
and thousands and thousands of others like you not only in this country,
there is a lot that we have done that hasn't worked, and one of them
is traveling all across the country trying to encourage people to take
the initiative for themselves insofar as the church-life is concerned.
That just hasn't worked - and there's no use pretending otherwise. [Please
see our article, "The Organized Church and the End of Days;" please
also see "Working Within the Establishment Church or Outside of It:
What Should We Do?" and "The Church-Life; A New Way to Go On."]
that doesn't mean that all of our effort in this regard has gone for
naught. By no means! The fact is, there was no other way for us to appreciate
the "deep funk" that most people were in - AND THAT'S IMPORTANT;
it makes every penny we spent well worth it. Nevertheless, the fact
remains that after all those thousands and thousands of miles we traveled,
all the hundreds and hundreds of people we met, and all the conferences
we held not one house-church was produced.
A LOT OF INFORMATION WAS
DISPENSED - BUT SO WHAT!
Some would say, So what! A lot of information was dispensed. But if
that information doesn't have an outcome, what good is it? Insofar as
the apostate church of C. Peter Wagner, D. James Kennedy, Charles Stanley,
etc. that has joined itself to George Bush's American New World Order
System, we are nothing more than isolated, single individuals running
around in an UTTERLY unorganized way yapping at the periphery
of things and beating the air with a stick.
what do we do in the face of all this? - especially in light of the
fact that most of us find ourselves in very weakened spiritual conditions,
alone and cut-off from our peers. It's pretty hard to stand up against
what's happening today when we are standing alone.
The fact is, as we discovered during our travels this last year, people
can't stand alone! Almost everyone we met is struggling - AND TO
A LARGE EXTENT, THEIR STRUGGLE RELATES DIRECTLY TO THEIR "ALONENESS"
AND ISOLATION. [Please, we URGE you, if you haven't
already, to read our article, "The Jesus Revolution and the Search for
Community and the Church-Life."]
PRODUCES THE CHURCH
The myth of the "lone warrior" is just that: a MYTH!
Jesus NEVER sent His disciples out into the world alone
and by themselves. We need one another to draw strength from, and we
need all our strength for what awaits us. We can't stand as isolated
individuals. The church is all of us standing TOGETHER
for the truth - and that produces the church against which -
"... the gates of hell shall not prevail ..." (Matt. 16:18)
dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, our "TOGETHERNESS"
produces the church, and it's through the church that God is "displayed"
(so to speak) to the world; it's through the church that the TESTIMONY
of God is established and JUXTAPOSED over and against
the BEAST (the American New World Order System) and the
WHORE (the church of D. James Kennedy, Charles Stanley,
Ted Haggard, C. Peter Wagner, etc.). That's what the Bible says:
"Unto me (i.e., Paul), who am less than the least of all saints,
is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the
unsearchable riches of Christ;
"And to make all men see what is the FELLOWSHIP of
the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid
in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:
"To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly
places MIGHT BE MADE KNOWN BY THE CHURCH the manifold
wisdom of God ..." (Eph. 3:8-10)
The Bible says:
"Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot
be hid." (Matt. 5:14)
Now it's important to note something here: when Jesus made this statement,
he was talking to His disciples as a BODY OF BELIEVERS,
not as single individuals, as many naively suppose. There was a "TOGETHERNESS"
implied in this statement. Jesus was saying to His disciples "Ye
(plural) are the light of the world ..." The world is in darkness;
but light dispels darkness, and when we stand together, the works of
the devil are destroyed.
IT DOESN'T MATTER HOW SMALL A GROUP WE ARE
It doesn't really matter how small we are as a "body of believers,"
the impact we will have will be great - after all, even the light of
a single match seems intense if the darkness is black enough. Indeed,
I tell you the truth, if there had been just ten people standing together
for the Lord in Sodom and Gomorrah, those two cities would not have
been destroyed. Ten people! - that's all it would have taken to dispel
the darkness that had engulfed Sodom and Gomorrah. Now I'm not saying
here that what we are trying to do will in the end save America - it
won't. The Bible says it won't:
"Her cities will become a desolation, a dry land, and a wilderness,
a land WHEREIN NO MAN DWELLETH, neither doeth any son
of man pass thereby." (Jer. 51:43).
But that doesn't mean that in a very real way we can't be successful!
- so successful in fact that the apostate church of Tim LaHaye, Pat
Robertson, Jerry Falwell, et. al. will have to resort (as we
have already indicated) to MURDER - i.e., to the imposition
of a NEW INQUISITION - to stop us; that we can lead countless
numbers of "lefties" and others to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus
Christ. After all, that's what the "Gospel of the Kingdom" is designed
to do: open up people who have all their lives been "turned off" to
Christ because they identified Him with the BEAST and
the WHORE of Revelation 17 - i.e., to George Bush's American
New World Order System and the church of D. James Kennedy, Ted Haggert,
TEN PEOPLE FOR SODOM AND GOMORRAH
Ten people, that's all it would have taken to destroy the work of the
devil in Sodom! That's what the Bible says would have "stayed" the hand
of God insofar as these two cities were concerned, despite their great
What had happened was this: there had been a great "CRY"
that had gone up against Sodom and Gomorrah; and God had heard that
"And the LORD said, Because the CRY of Sodom and
Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous;
"I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether
according to the CRY of it, which is come unto me;
and if not, I will know." (Gen. 18:20-21)
And so the Lord went down to "see whether they have done altogether
according to the cry of it," and He met Abraham in the way, and
Abraham - knowing that his brother Lot dwelt in Sodom, and fearing for
Lot's life - asked, "Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the
wicked?" Abraham continued:
"Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou
also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that
"That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous
with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked,
that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?
"And the LORD said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the
city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.
"And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me
to speak unto the Lord, which am but dust and ashes:
"Peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty righteous: wilt
thou destroy all the city for lack of five? And he said, If I find
there forty and five, I will not destroy it.
"And he spake unto him yet again, and said, Peradventure there
shall be forty found there. And he said, I will not do it for forty's
"And he said unto him, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will
speak: Peradventure there shall thirty be found there. And he said,
I will not do it, if I find thirty there.
"And he said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the
Lord: Peradventure there shall be twenty found there. And he said,
I will not destroy it for twenty's sake.
"And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet
but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said,
I will not destroy it for ten's sake.
"And the LORD went his way, as soon as he had left communing with
Abraham: and Abraham returned unto his place." (Gen. 18:24-33)
FROM FIFTY TO TEN
From fifty to ten - ten people who had not been corrupted by Sodom
and Gomorrah's sin. Just ten people! That's all, and God would "stay
His hand." Ten people who would stand for God's testimony in the cities
of Sodom and Gomorrah. And so God went down to see if there were ten
such people in these two cities.
And that's precisely what He is doing now in America? - and if our
various trips across the country this last year are any indication,
then I must report to you that it doesn't look good - that is, if God's
testimony can be measured by the number of people who want to disassociate
themselves from the "established church" and begin meeting in their
homes. Remember, God's testimony is in the church, not in isolated individuals.
You CANNOT be a testimony to the Lord in and of yourself.
But the pull of the established church is just too strong on Christians.
They just can't seem to break free, or if they do, they aren't able
to establish a house-church in their homes, and they remain ALONE
Now I'm not trying to judge anyone here. In some cases, I'm sure that
a lot of labor has been expended on the effort; but the fact remains,
all of our effort (and theirs) has not produced even one viable house-church.
Not one. Not really! Maybe an occasional meeting here and there, but
TRYING TO CHANGE THINGS FROM THE "INSIDE"
The Bible continues:
"And there came two angels to Sodom at evening; and Lot sat in
the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and
he bowed himself with his face toward the ground;
"And he said, Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your
servant's house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye
shall rise up early, and go on your ways. And they said, Nay; but
we will abide in the street all night." (Gen. 19:1-2)
Now this is important: the angels found Lot "in the gate of Sodom."
The "gate" of the cities of the ancient world was where the "prominent
men" of the city gathered to conduct the city's business - both its
commercial business and its political business. And that's where the
angels found Lot. He was immersed in the political and commercial activities
of the city. He was involved up to his neck in these affairs. No doubt,
by doing so, Lot thought that he was somehow or other mitigating the
city's evil; that he was having a "moderating" influence on Sodom's
affairs; that he was working from the "inside out" to effect change.
Is that what you think you are doing today? - working for change from
the inside out. You are being very, very STUPID if that's
what you think you are doing. It will never work. It's just an excuse
for you to stay. The fact is, Lot didn't want to leave Sodom - AND
MOST ASSUREDLY, HIS WIFE DIDN'T WANT TO GO! And they disguised their
unwillingness to leave by convincing themselves that by staying in Sodom
they were having an effect on the situation - if not on the city itself,
then at least on a few individuals.
But Lot knew - if his wife didn't - what the real situation was: that
things were far worse than what he and his wife were prepared to admit;
and he knew that if the angels stayed up all night in the streets of
the city, they would discover it for themselves. So he -
"... pressed upon them (i.e., the angels) greatly; and they turned
in unto him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast
... and they did eat." (Gen. 19:3)
YOUR COMPROMISES WITH THE
WORLD WILL FIND YOU OUT
Lot hoped that he could hide Sodom's real condition from the angels
by giving them a "great feast" and putting them to bed early; then in
the morning he could hurry them on their way and they wouldn't be the
wiser. But our little compromises with the world are not so easy to
hide, and -
"... before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of
Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people
from every quarter:
"And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men
which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we
may know them [i.e., have anal sex (sodomy) with them, for they
were beautiful to behold].
"And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after
"And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly.
"Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let
me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is
good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore
came they under the shadow of my roof.
"And they said, Stand back. And they said again, This one fellow
came in to sojourn, and he will needs be a judge: now will we deal
worse with thee, than with them. And they pressed sore upon the
man, even Lot, and came near to break the door." (Gen. 19:4-9)
Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, no matter how hard we try to
hide our little compromises with the world, no matter how hard we excuse
our condition, our sin will always find us out, just as it did with
Lot. Lot tried to hide the real condition of Sodom from the angels'
eyes, and the compromises that he had made with the inhabitants of Sodom
in order to facilitate his presence in the city.
IS THAT WHAT YOU ARE TRYING TO DO INSOFAR AS AMERICA IS CONCERNED?
- hide America's real condition so that you can stay. If that's what
you are trying to do, YOU WILL END UP KILLING NOT ONLY YOURSELF,
BUT YOUR LOVED ONES! In the end Lot couldn't manage it - and he
almost lost his life trying to do so, and the lives of his two daughters:
"But the men (i.e., the angels) put forth their hand, and pulled
Lot into the house to them, and shut to the door.
"And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with
blindness, both small and great: so that they wearied themselves
to find the door.
"And the men said unto Lot, Hast thou here any besides? son in
law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in
the city, bring them out of this place:
"For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen
great before the face of the LORD; and the LORD hath sent us to
destroy it." (Gen. 19:10-13)
Lot was helpless in Sodom to affect anything for the Lord; and not
only was he unable to be a TESTIMONY for the Lord in that
city, he was himself compromised by it. It isn't that Lot wasn't himself
a "man of God;" he was, and that truth is clearly evidenced by the fact
that he recognized the angels for whom they were -
"... and ... seeing them he rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself
with his face toward the ground ..." (Gen. 19:1)
LOT'S CONDITION PARALLELS OURS TODAY
But Lot was ALONE in Sodom and he was weakened by his
"aloneness," and so much so that he had become totally ineffectual insofar
as the work of the Lord was concerned. Is this what has happened to
you where you live?
Lot's condition parallels our condition today, and somehow or other
we must find a way of combating this situation; specifically our isolation
and disconnection from other Christians of like-mind. Traveling around
and visiting with people doesn't work, and conferences don't work either.
All that the visiting and "conferencing" seem to do is generate "warm,
fuzzy" feelings that dissipate rapidly after we are gone. It seems that
once the conferences are over, and the visits ended, people fall back
into their isolation and detachment as if we had never been there.
TRAINING UP AND SENDING OUT
We must do something more; something RADICAL. And what
could that be? Well, after much consideration and prayer, we feel that
we must develop TRAINED, "BUILT-UP" cadres
of believers who have been taught to work as a unit to go into these
cities AND STAY for as long as it takes to form a "house-church"
in a given locality, and to train the brothers and sisters there to
take the leadership in these churches for themselves. They won't go
until they have completed this job. Then they will leave for a new location,
and in the hope that they will -
"... not have gone over the cities of Israel (those places where
God's people can be found - i.e., those who refuse to submit themselves
to the apostate church of Tim LaHaye, Pat Robertson, C. Peter Wagner,
D. James Kennedy, etc.), till the Son of man be come." (Matt. 10:23)
We have thousands and thousands of "contacts" both here and abroad;
and what we are hoping to do is bring "workers" up to our ranch in Canada,
train them (which should take no more than six months per team), and
then send them out as teams to cities all over the world. We hope to
have people willing to take them in every city that they go to, and
give them "hospitality" for as long as they are in the area. That's
what Jesus did:
"And he called ... the ... (disciples), and began to send them
"And commanded them that they should take NOTHING
for their journey, save a staff only; no scrip, no bread, no money
in their purse:
"But be shod with sandals; and not put on two coats.
"And he said unto them, IN WHAT PLACE SOEVER YE ENTER INTO AN
HOUSE, THERE ABIDE TILL YE DEPART FROM THE PLACE (i.e.,
the city) ...
"... And they went out, and preached ..." (Mark 6:7-10, 12)
Again, the training will be about six months in duration. It will consist
of very INTENSE classroom training in -
- The "Fundamentals of the Faith."
- The Prophetic Scriptures.
- What it means to be "saved."
- How to walk in the spirit.
- How to relate to others within a "team environment" and outside
- What's really happening in the world today economically, culturally
- How to form and lead a "house-church."
- Computers (i.e., how to use the internet insofar as Antipas is concerned).
- Church history.
- False doctrine.
- How to effectively preach the Gospel.
- Music - for those who are able, we plan to teach the rudiments of
the guitar (and maybe other instruments), and how to worship and preach
the Gospel through music.
We do NOT want people going out in the name of Antipas,
contacting people that are on our website and representing beliefs and
doctrines that we do not agree with. The training will insure that this
will NOT happen; they will go out grounded in the Faith,
in the knowledge of the Prophetic Scriptures, and they will know how
to "walk in the spirit" (cf. Rom 8:1, 4; Gal. 5:16, 25); in addition,
they will know how to start house-churches, and they will know how to
teach others to do the same; finally, they will know how to equip others
for leadership and to stand in these "Last Days" so that men everywhere
will know that they have been with Jesus because of the love they have
one for another. (cf., John 18:35)
We invite EVERYONE who has a heart for service to come!
- and it doesn't matter where you are coming from - from the United
States or abroad (from Russia, from Africa, from India, etc.) The cost
of the training will be kept to a minimum (hopefully, no more than $300
a month per person - AND THAT WILL INCLUDE ALL THE TRAINING PLUS
ROOM AND BOARD. If you don't have the money, there is the possibility
that you can "work it off" by helping out on the ranch or whatever.
Listen to me dear brothers and sisters in the Lord. COME!
Drop whatever you are doing and COME. Don't let ANYTHING
stop you. Young, old, retirees, middle-aged, families, singles, married,
males, females - no matter, just come!
Finally, for those of you who feel you have a contribution to make
to the ministry insofar as its CORE group in Canada is
concerned, we invite you to come too. There will be plenty of work for
you to do on the ranch, in the ministry, in the school, and in the church.
We are planning a GREAT expansion of our internet ministry
- including a T-1 connection and the acquisition of enough band width
to stream live audio and video; we also plan to start something called
"Internet Radio" where we will be on live 24 hours a day - and we are
hoping to bring up "foreign language" specialists in order to create
"foreign language" sites for the ministry.
Along with all this, we also plan to GREATLY expand the
phone ministry. The expansion will be centered around the Gospel Teams
we are forming: about three months into the training, various teams
will be formed up and "assigned" (after much mutual prayer and fellowship)
a locality where they will be traveling to, and it will be their job
to begin phoning those in the area where they will be going - whether
England, South Africa, Australia, India, Russia, etc. (and some even
back into the United States). Thus, when the teams "land" where they
will be going, they will already have formed relationships with those
who are there.
A FINAL WORD FOR ALL THOSE WHO
STAY IN THE UNITED STATES
Brothers and sisters, obviously, not everyone is called to come to
Canada. Maybe you have genuinely been called to stay in the United States.
But we URGE you to carefully examine your motives for
staying, because if they are wrong, it's YOU who will
pay the price. No one else will, least of all us. You must bear in mind
that America is closing down to ALL that God stands for,
just as Germany closed down seventy years ago. Little more than a year
is all we have - maybe more, but not much more. There is not much you
can do insofar as the "Gospel of the Kingdom" is concerned from the
grave, or from a jail cell where you are confined in solitary confinement
(which is EXACTLY where C. Peter Wagner, D. James Kennedy,
Charles Stanley, John Hagee, Jerry Falwell, Oliver North, Kenneth Copeland,
Cindy Jacobs, Tim LaHaye, and all those other Christian leaders who
have partnered with George Bush's American New World Order System would
like to see you).
There are two ways you can gauge the sincerety of your motives for
staying: first, if you GENUINELY feel that you can begin
a SUCCESSFUL house-church in your home (not sometime in
the distant future, but now), or affiliate with one close by, then stay
put. But if you live somewhere where you feel that there's no chance
for that, and there is little chance that one of our teams can ever
reach you, you need to check your motives for staying.
Second, if you feel led of the Lord to stay because you GENUINELY
believe you can better support the ministry from where you are, then
stay. But if you do, then SUPPORT the ministry, don't
just talk about it; DO IT. But be careful; don't kid yourself
here the way that Schoeps, Kellerman, Lehman, etc. did in Germany seventy
years ago. There will be a heavy price for you to pay if you do.
Finally, you might feel that you live in a city large enough (and with
enough Antipas contacts) that it ultimately would be worthwhile for
the ministry to send a team to where you are at. But there has to be
some IMMEDIACY involved here, not just wishful thinking.
And remember here, we are only going to send teams to cities and localities
where there are people who can really take care of them, offer them
"hospitality," and support them. If you can send money and take care
of a team, then well and good! - stay. But, again, you had better be
very careful about what you are committing yourself to in staying where
you are at: THERE IS NO NOBILITY DYING ALONE AND ISOLATED FROM YOUR
PEERS, or - having miscalculated the pressure you (and your family)
would be under - caving into that pressure and going over to apostasy.
YOU WILL NOT BE FORGIVEN THAT MISTAKE. It's not without reason
that the Bible warns:
"COME OUT OF HER, my people, that ye be not partakers of her
sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues." (Rev. 18:4)
That phrase, "... that ye receive not of her plagues (her judgments)"
should be cause for great concern to all those who think they can "play
games" with God in these "Last Days."
God bless you all!
We need your help to spread the word concerning Antipas Ministries and the
eschatological viewpoint it represents; WE NEED YOUR
HELP BECAUSE WE DO NOT "LINK" WITH OTHER SO-CALLED "CHRISTIAN"
WEBSITES which are, for the most part, "in the tank"
insofar as their loyalty to the United States is concerned
- a loyalty that has made them partners in the BLOODY
trail the American military has left in its TERROR-RIDDEN
rampage throughout the world, as well as making them partners
in the abject poverty that American corporations have
imposed on the peoples and nations the American military
machine has ravaged - A BLOODY, TERROR-RIDDEN RAMPAGE
THAT HAS TO A LARGE DEGREE BEEN CARRIED OUT IN THE NAME
OF THE "PRINCE OF PEACE." [Please see our articles,
"The Third World
as a Model for the New World Order," Inside
the American New World Order System" and "The
American Empire: The Corporate / Pentagon / CIA / Missionary
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