NO ONE LOVES A PROPHET

By: S.R. Shearer
May 30, 2003

LIKE A RAVEN ALWAYS
CROAKING OUT THE SAME CRY

The well-known Italian Christian Giovanni Papine wrote more than three-quarters of a century ago,

"... The prophet is a troublesome ... voice, HATED by the church’s leaders and out of favor with the church’s members. Like a wild, ragged, unkempt coyote scenting from afar the smell of carrion, like a raven always croaking out the same cry, like a ... wolf howling on the mountain top, the prophet travels throughout the church ... followed by suspicion and hatred ... He is ... a man who sees with a troubled heart - but with clear eyes - the compromises the church is making with the world today, and the consequences that will accrue to it tomorrow ... as a result. Like all truthtellers who disturb the slumbering majority and who unsettle the peace of the church’s leadership, he is avoided like a leper, persecuted like an enemy and those with a reputation in the church for ‘being somebody’ detest him. The prophet is an accuser, but today’s Christians do not want to admit their guilt. He is an intercessor, but Christians do not want to be shown their error ... He is an announcer, but Christians do not want to hear ..."

And Papine was right - no one loves a prophet! And so it is today with Antipas Ministries and the message that God has committed into our hands, ESPECIALLY AS THAT MESSAGE RELATES TO THE "ESTABLISHED CHURCH" AND THE NECESSITY OF OBEYING GOD'S WORD WHEN HE COMMANDS US TO -

"... COME OUT OF HER, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

"FOR HER SINS HAVE REACHED UNTO HEAVEN, and God hath remembered her iniquities." (Rev. 18:4-5)

And in this regard, one should bear in mind that by "established church" we mean the evangelical church of today, THE CHURCH THAT HAS MADE "COMMON CAUSE" WITH GEORGE BUSH AND THE AMERICAN NEW WORLD ORDER SYSTEM - the church of people like C. Peter Wagner, Paul Crouch, Jack Hayford, Charles Stanley, D. James Kennedy, Tim LaHaye, the late John Wimber, Juan Carlos Ortiz, Beverley LaHaye, Ern Baxter, Kenneth Copeland, 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

DON'T "PLAY-ACT" AT BEING A RADICAL: BE ONE!

It seems that there are a great many people out there who are what I call "SALON RADICALS" - "radicals" ONLY when no one is looking, "radicals" ONLY in the privacy of their own living rooms (i.e., their "salons"). These are the kind of people who will never take their "radicalism" to the streets - and who will oppose YOU if you try to do so. In the ANTIPAS PAPERS I wrote,

But if we fail to heed the sign, if we fail to slow down before we get to the turn, it will be too late to brake once we finally get there, and we will surely slide off the road and crash.

" The ANTIPAS PAPERS is first and foremost A CALL TO ACTION - a call to Christians ... to get involved! And to do it NOW! - before it's too late. To wait is to make prophecy of no effect - after all, prophecy is meaningless to those who refuse to do anything about it. Prophecy is nothing more than a roadsign telling us of the danger that's ahead and warning us to take corrective action BEFORE we get to the danger. If we do nothing until we finally get there, it will be too late. Thus, if the only reaction the ANTIPAS PAPERS can elicit from someone who has read the book is 'Wow! - what a wonderful book' - then we have utterly failed in what we set out to do, and that person has missed the point of the book altogether. KNOWLEDGE WHICH DOES NOT PRODUCE ACTION IS WORTHLESS.

"It is to those persons who possess the willingness to 'take action' that we now turn, and to whom we now direct the following remarks: first, there are many things which will hinder you from getting involved (especially as that involvement means leaving the "established evangelical church" and beginning a "house-church" in your home) - AND, SADLY, YOUR GREATEST HINDRANCE WILL PROBABLY BE THOSE DEAR CHRISTIAN BROTHERS AND SISTERS WHO CLAIM TO SEE WHAT YOU SEE, BUT WHO CAUTION 'MODERATION'. Those who do, however, are usually people who have a stake in the status quo - in other words, there's a reason behind their so-called 'moderation' - they probably have a lot more to lose than you do. The fact of the matter is, not many rich, not many successful, not many 'high church officials' will abandon 'moderation' - they have too much to lose. This is why Jesus said,

'... 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. 19:24)

"And why Paul said,

'For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called ...' (1 Cor. 1:26).

"Mostly, those who caution 'moderation' are people who - while they might see objectively what you're talking about, AND WHO MIGHT FIND IT STIMULATING TO SIT IN THE SAFETY OF THEIR LIVING ROOMS FOR HOURS ON END DISCUSSING THIS OR THAT 'END-TIMES SCENARIO' - WILL GO BALLISTIC IF YOU ACTUALLY SUGGEST DOING SOMETHING ABOUT IT. That's when the 'moderates' panic! That's when people (for instance, people like me) get labeled a 'Jim Jones', a 'Branch Davidian', a reckless and irresponsible radical, an 'UNLOVING PERSON'.

"But look beyond the labels and you might see something else at work here! - a selfish effort by the 'moderates' to shame you into silence and inaction. Why? Because if such thinking were to really catch on, they will be shown to be what they really are: SPIRITUAL COWARDS who have too much at stake in this world and in the status quo of today's church to get involved (i.e., to leave it) - whether it be pastors who have their reputations and pay checks to guard, ministry leaders who depend on 'compromised' sources of income, WIVES WHO HAVE THEIR 'NESTS' TO PROTECT FROM THE 'IRRESPONSIBILITY' OF A HUSBAND WHO HAS HIT THE 'NUT CIRCUIT', Christian business people and professionals who have their 'social standing' to protect, etc. - and in order to hide that fact, they are willing to stop at nothing to put the 'radicals' to an open shame.

"'Moderates' are the people who are given to writing time-consuming memoranda, holding 'bigwig' conferences, 'reasoning' with the opposition, discussing things endlessly - and not for the purpose of finding out the truth, but of 'buying time' and 'confusing the issue' - 'Did so and so really say such and such? - I don't care whether a thousand witnesses heard him - let's find out what really happened'. The object here, of course, is not to get to the bottom of what happened - after all, if a thousand witnesses won't suffice, nothing will. The real object is to get everything so tied up in red tape that by the time it's 'sorted out', the main issues have been forgotten about and the whole thing blown over.

"To the 'moderates,' we would simply say this, What does one do with people who PURPOSEFULLY are leading the church into apostasy and into a ... (an unholy union with the American New World Order System)? - reason with them? What's there to reason about? These people know what they're doing! - and you are not the first to question them on these matters. They've heard all the arguments before. What value is there in meeting with such people? What does one say to a Paul Crouch, for example, when he says that those who are standing against the church's rapprochement with the Catholics (and its involvement with George Bush and the Republican Party) should be shot? Discuss with him the kind of gun that is best for such a purpose? Negotiate with him over the ammunition that should be used? What utter nonsense! - after all, what's at stake here is the church's soul! There is nothing to negotiate about! AND IF THOSE YOU LOVE IN THE CHURCH REFUSE TO GO ALONG, AND YOU THINK TO STAY FOR THEIR SAKE, BE ASSURED, YOU'LL ACCOMPLISH NOTHING - YOUR 'GOING' WILL ACCOMPLISH MORE THAN YOUR 'STAYING' EVER COULD by showing them by deeds rather than words how serious matters really are. Remember, what's at stake here is eternity! - YOUR eternity and the eternity of your loved ones!"

KNOWLEDGE WHICH DOES NOT
PRODUCE ACTION IS WORTHLESS

And we mean it! - again we say, if the only reaction the ANTIPAS PAPERS or the other material on our two websites can elicit from you is "Wow! - what insightful material" - then we have utterly failed in what we set out to do, and you have missed the point of the ANTIPAS PAPERS and all that we are trying to accomplish.

You must understand something here! - in God's eyes, KNOWLEDGE WHICH DOES NOT PRODUCE ACTION IS WORTHLESS. That's what the Bible is all about! - producing action in those who read it. That's what the Prophetic Scriptures are all about. Beware the warning of Christ when He said to the inhabitants of Capernaum who had heard His words, but who had failed to act upon them:

"And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, 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)

And the warning of the Apostle James when he said,

"Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin." (James 4:17)

THE DUTY OF THE PROPHET

There are some who say that it is the duty of the Prophet merely to speak God's Word and let the people decide what to do; to say, in essence, that there is a catastrophe coming and to describe that catastrophe in as much detail as he can, and then to go his way without offering a solution. To let the "hearers" decide on the "solution" that is best for them. But that's UTTER NONSENSE. The Bible says,

"There hath no temptation (i.e., trial or test) taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it." (1 Cor. 10:13)

HE WILL MAKE A "WAY OF ESCAPE." NOT YOU! IT IS HIS "WAY OF ESCAPE" THAT YOU MUST TAKE. That's what the Bible is saying here. You MUST take His way, not your way! For someone to say otherwise is INSANE.

It is the duty of any true prophet of God not only to describe the coming catastrophe, but to show the people GOD'S WAY OF ESCAPE from the impending cataclysm.

GET OUT NOW

The catastrophe that faces all of us as Christians relates directly to the condition of the church at the "end of the age." In describing that condition, the Bible depicts it as a WOMAN RIDING A BEAST, and that woman is pictured as a WHORE, a PROSTITUTE, a woman who sells her sexual favors for MONEY! - and isn't that PRECISELY what the evangelical church of today is doing with George Bush's American New World Order System? Then who is the "GREAT WHORE" the Bible is describing here? Come on now! - Be honest! Indeed, so great is her whoredom that the Bible says "HER SINS HAVE REACHED UNTO HEAVEN," and "God hath remembered her iniquities" (Rev. 18:4-5) and that, as a result, we should get out right away. (Please see our articles, "A Woman Riding a Beast Going Forth Conquering and to Conquer.")

Come on now, isn't that what the Bible says:

"And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, 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)

Moreover, the Bible warns us that if we fail to come out, we will eventually be compromised by our staying - and so much so, that we will reach a point where we will become "partakers of her sin" and that we will "RECEIVE OF HER PLAGUES." That's pretty heavy!

THE "FOOLISHNESS OF GOD" IS WISER
THAN THE WISDOM OF MAN

Some argue - very foolishly - that we should stay in order to help the "saints" who remain. Moreover, these same people assert - again, very foolishly - that people are better off staying if they have no where to go; that to go into "spiritual isolation" is worse than staying. But that's not what the Bible says! That may be what your "feelings" are telling you, but it isn't what the Scriptures are telling you. The Bible does not say that we are to stay, but that we are to go - and to do so as QUICKLY as possible!

GOD'S "WAY OF ESCAPE" IS FOR YOU TO GO! - and in your going, HE WILL MAKE PROVISION FOR YOU, or do you think that it is beyone the ability of God to provide you with fellowship? Is that what you think? If so, your faith in God is very weak.

The very real fact of the matter is, to stay is to bring down on your head the plagues that God has stored up for all those in the church who make "common cause" with George Bush and his American New World Order System. That's what Revelation 18:4 says - or do you somehow doubt the veracity of these verses?

Please, please don't be misled here by some who would tell you that you have some kind of choice in the "timing" of your "going" - AS IF WHAT GOD WOULD TELL YOU "IN SPIRIT" AND IN THE PRIVACY OF YOUR OWN "PRAYER CLOSET" WOULD BE ANY DIFFERENT FROM WHAT HE WOULD TELL YOU IN THE SCRIPTURES. That's INSANE! That's utter NONSENSE! - and it is nothing more than an excuse for INACTION; of having to make an unpopular decision insofar as your friends and loved ones are concerned. ANYONE WHO WOULD TELL YOU THIS - i.e., that you have some kind of a choice in the "timing" of your "going" - IS DOING YOU A GREAT DISSERVICE! He is putting your soul in jeopardy. If there is a difference here, be sure that the truth of the matter lies in the WRITTEN WORD of God, not in how you feel with regard to the matter.

Believe me when I say, those who "toy" with the Word of God in this fashion are making a big mistake! The Bible warns us against trifling with the Word of God! Indeed, Jesus said,

"For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

"Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven." (Matt. 5:18-19)

THIS IS NOT SOME KIND OF GAME

Listen to me, my dear brothers and sisters in Christ - THIS IS NOT A GAME THAT WE IN ANTIPAS ARE INVOLVED IN HERE where all that is at stake is "hurt feelings" and "foolish pride." THIS IS "FOR REAL." What we are telling you is the truth - AND IF THIS OFFENDS YOU, SO BE IT! BETTER TO OFFEND YOU NOW AND BE CALLED "HARSH" AND "UNLOVING" THAN TO SAY NOTHING AND LATER BE CALLED "UNCARING" FOR NOT DELIVERING UNTO YOU THE WHOLE COUNSEL OF GOD!

OUR SITUATION TODAY IS ANALOGOUS TO
THE ONES THE JEWS FACED SIXTY-FIVE YEARS AGO

In the ANTIPAS PAPERS I wrote:

"As evangelicals, we say that we believe we are living in the "Last Days," but we live as though they will never come - as if ignoring it all will make it go away and give us time to relax and enjoy the "Good Life" that we - as citizens of the richest and most powerful nation on earth - think accrues to us as a result of "divine right."

"Of course, insofar as God is concerned, it doesn’t really matter what we think. His plans do not exist for our convenience - they will come to pass whether we approve of them or not. In the long run, it only matters to us - AND TIME FOR RECOGNIZING THIS FACT IS RUNNING OUT! To continue to ignore God’s Word with regard to the "end of days" is as stupid as what the Jews did with regard to Hitler on the eve of the Second World War. L.S. Dawidowics, in her authoritative account of the Holocaust, War Against the Jews, 1933-1945, wrote:

'The Jews, whose dazzling success in business blinded them to the encroaching blackness of National Socialism (Nazism), were caught unaware by the onslaught of Hitler. The model German Jew was metropolitan, a businessman or professional, (moderate) ... in his practice of Judaism ... (and) in his politics, with a more passionate attachment to Germany than to his Jewishness (a fact which strangely parallels the seemingly stronger attachment of American Christians to America than to their own Christianity - editor). Most German Jews regarded Zionism (the longing of certain Jews to return to their ancient homeland) as an alien doctrine; the son who left Judaism for Communism was less likely to be rejected than the one who chose Zionism.'

"Yet Zionism was the very vehicle that God had chosen to fulfill His promise to bring back the Jews from out of the nations to which they had been driven nearly two thousand years before by the Roman general Titus. Zionism was rooted in the Hebrew Bible and was toasted once every year at the Feast of Passover with the words, "Next Year in Jerusalem." But the toast had become a meaningless, empty ritual, and success in the world had blinded the Jews to the words of their own prophets. It was not so much the fact that they had denied their own Jewishness as it was the fact that they wanted to have the best of both worlds - the wealth that their success in Europe had brought them, as well as their own Jewish heritage. It could never be! Yet the Jews pathetically persisted. Heinz Kellerman, a Jew writing shortly after the advent of Hitler to power in Germany, wrote the astonishingly naive words:

'The time has now come which requires a renewal of the synthesis of Germandom and Jewry; holding on to one’s German identity and acquiring a Jewish one.'

"But Kellerman wasn't alone in his breathtaking naivete. There were many others! For example, Joseph Lehman, Rabbi of Berlin, blindly wrote in the Spring of 1933:

'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.'

"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!"

THE FEAR OF OSTRACISM

God help us all if we fail the way Schoeps failed here! - even if it means ostracism from our loved ones and all those we care for. Ostracism is, no doubt, a fearful thing, but still, it is not YET as if we have resisted unto death. (Heb 12:4) Indeed, the contention by some well-meaning Christians that in confronting the errors of our leadership today and by establishing "house churches" in the stead of the churches over which this leadership presides, we as evangelicals are facing the same difficulties the Reformers faced 500 years ago is beneath contempt. American evangelicals are not YET in danger of losing their lives when they confront the power of their leadership; they're not YET in danger of having their property confiscated; they're not YET in danger of torture for speaking out. The most they face is ostracism, and if they can't face that, then they have no right to call themselves "Christian." Jesus said,

"Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man's foes shall be they of his own household. 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. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it." (Matt. 10:34-39)

The fact is, however, evangelical lay people do fear losing the respect of their families and friends, even for the sake of conscience - and this, more than anything else, explains why they refuse to speak out. They care more for the love and respect that their friends and families offer than they care for the love of the Lord Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, what they are really demonstrating by this fear is their "unworthiness" for citizenship in the "Kingdom of Heaven" - their unworthiness of being called disciples of Christ! Isn't this what Jesus said? Isn't this what He meant when He said, "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?" - surely it is!

BUT AS FOR YOU - "BE OF GOOD COURAGE" (Joshua 1:6)

So, once again, we commend to you our article, "COAXING CHRISTIANS OUT OF THEIR HIDING PLACES DESPITE THE DANGER THEY MIGHT FACE." Read it and take courage for all that is before you, for He who has called you is FAITHFUL.

God bless you all!

S.R. Shearer
Antipas Ministries

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 Archipelago."]

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