"DREADFUL NATION;" AN "OVERFLOWING SCOURGE:" THE
RISE OF U.S. NUCLEAR SUPERIORITY
March 28, 2006
by: S.R. Shearer
"Who is like unto this BEAST? who is able
to make war with it?"
The Bible speaks of a "BEAST
NATION" (Dan. 7:7) that shall
arise in the "end of days;" a nation that will be "...
DREADFUL" and "TERRIBLE,"
and "STRONG EXCEEDINGLY" with "great
iron teeth;" one that will "DEVOUR" and
"BRAKE IN PIECES" the rest of the nations of
the world (Daniel 7:7); and, finally, one that Isaiah describes as an
"OVERFLOWING SCOURGE" (Is. 28:18) that will
gain mastery over the entire earth and establish a ONE-WORLD
EMPIRE that will bring ruin and poverty to the peoples and
nations of the world. [For a detailed Scriptural identification of
this great "Latter Day" nation, please see our article, "In
Search of Babylon; What Does the Bible Say?" Please also see our
article, "The Third World as a Model for the New World Order."]
What nation are we talking about here? - Russia?
China? Japan? The European Community? An Islamic confederation of
nations (a kind of new Caliphate)? No! - only DUMB evangelical
Christians are disposed to believe that it could be any one of these
nations or combination of nations. The fact is, as I indicated in the
presence today fills the world like some mighty colossus. She stands
as a giant in a world filled with midgets. Her existence shatters the
pretense of all those who have gone before her - of Egypt, Assyria,
Persia, even of ancient Rome - and she inhabits and diffuses the
earth with her omnipotence and Titan-like bearing."
BEAST-NATION THAT IS DREADFUL, AND
AND STRONG EXCEEDINGLY
And the extent to which
America dominates the world was made plain recently in an article
that appeared in the March / April 2006 edition of Foreign Affairs
(a CFR publication) entitled "The Rise of U.S. Nuclear Primacy"
by Keir Lieber of the University of Notre Dame and Daryl Press of the
University of Pennsylvania. Lieber and Press write that it is now
possible for the United States to -
the long-range nuclear arsenals of (both) Russia and China with a
Moreover they indicate that the U.S. can now do it
without fear that they would suffer a retaliatory strike. They
"For 50 years the
Pentagon's war planners have structured the U.S. nuclear arsenal
according to the goal of deterring a nuclear attack on the United
States and, if necessary … launching a retaliatory strike that
would destroy an enemy. For these purposes, the United States relies
on a nuclear triad comprising strategic bombers, intercontinental
ballistic missiles (ICBMs), and ballistic-missile-launching
submarines (known as SSBNs). The triad reduces the odds that an enemy
could destroy all U.S. nuclear forces in a single strike, even in a
surprise attack, ensuring that the United States would be able to
launch a devastating response. Such retaliation would only have to be
able to destroy a large enough portion of the attacker's cities and
industry to deter an attack in the first place.
THE SAME [U.S.] NUCLEAR TRIAD COULD BE USED IN AN OFFENSIVE ATTACK
AGAINST AN ADVERSARY'S NUCLEAR FORCES. Stealth bombers might
slip past enemy radar, submarines could fire their missiles from near
the enemy's shore and so give the enemy's leaders almost no time to
respond, and highly accurate land-based missiles could destroy even
hardened silos that have been reinforced against attack and other
targets that require a direct hit. THE ABILITY TO DESTROY ALL OF
AN ADVERSARY'S NUCLEAR FORCES, ELIMINATING THE POSSIBILITY OF A
RETALIATORY STRIKE IS KNOWN AS A FIRST-STRIKE CAPABILITY, OR NUCLEAR
PRIMACY." [Please see our article, "The Revolution in
Military Affairs and American World Hegemony."]
IN U.S. NUCLEAR SUPERIORITY
Lieber and Press report that since
the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the old Soviet Union, the
U.S. nuclear arsenal has greatly improved. The United States has
replaced the ballistic missiles on its submarines with the
substantially more accurate Trident II D-5 missiles, many of which
carry new, larger yield warheads.
The U.S. navy has shifted a greater
proportion of its SSBNs to the Pacific so that they can patrol near
the Chinese coast or in the blind spot of Russia's antiquated early
warning radar network.
The U.S. air force has finished
equipping its B-52 bombers with nuclear-armed cruise missiles which
are invisible to Russian and Chinese air-defense radar. And the
airforce has also enhanced the avionics on its B-2 stealth bombers to
permit them to fly at extremely low altitudes in order to avoid even
the most sophisticated radar.
Finally, although the airforce
finished dismantling its highly lethal MX missiles in compliance with
arms control agreements, it is significantly improving its remaining
ICBMs by installing the MX's high-yield warheads and advanced reentry
vehicles on Minutemen ICBMs and it has upgraded the Minuteman's
guidance system to match the MX's accuracy.
COLLAPSE OF RUSSIA'S
Lieber and Press go on to say:
as the United States' nuclear forces have grown stronger since the
end of the Cold War, Russia's strategic nuclear arsenal has sharply
deteriorated. Russia has 39 percent fewer long-range bombers [which
were never that good in the first place], and 80 percent fewer SSBNs
than the old Soviet Union fielded during its last days. The true
extent of the Russian arsenal's decay, however, is much greater than
even these cuts suggest. What nuclear forces Russia retains are
hardly ready for use. Russia's strategic bombers, now located at
only two bases and thus vulnerable to a surprise attack, rarely
conduct training exercises, and their warheads are stored off-base.
Over 80 percent of Russia's silo-based ICBMs have exceeded their
original service lives, and plans to replace them with new missiles
have been stymied by failed tests and low rates of production.
Russia's mobile ICBMs rarely patrol, and although they could fire
their missiles from inside their bases if given sufficient warning of
an attack, it appears unlikely that they would have the time to do
third leg of Russia's nuclear triad has weakened the most. Since
2000, Russia's SSBNs have conducted approximately two patrols per
year, down from 60 in 1990 … Most of the time, all nine of
Russia's ballistic missile submarines are sitting in port, where they
make easy targets. Moreover, submarines require well-trained crews to
be effective. Operating a ballistic missile submarine - and silently
coordinating its operations with surface ships and attack submarines
to evade an enemy's forces - is not simple. Without frequent patrols,
the skills of Russian submariners, like the submarines themselves,
Finally, Lieber and Press go on to
say that Russia's early warning system is hopelessly antiquated.
And that's not the end of the
deterioration of Russia's nuclear capability. Moscow has announced
plans to reduce its ICBM force by an additional 35 percent - and
outside experts expect the real cuts to approximate 75 percent of the
remaining ICBM force.
REALISTIC SCENARIO OF
To determine how much the nuclear
balance between Russia and the United States has shifted since the
end of the Cold War, Lieber and Press ran a computer model of a
hypothetical U.S. attack on Russia's nuclear arsenal using the
standard formulas that defense analysts have used for decades. They
assigned U.S. nuclear warheads to Russian targets on the basis of two
criteria: the most accurate weapons were aimed at the hardest
targets, and the fastest-arriving weapons at the Russian forces that
can react most quickly. Because Russia is essentially blind to
submarine attack from the Pacific and would have great difficulty
detecting the approach of low-flying stealth nuclear-armed cruise
missiles, they targeted each Russian weapon system with at least one
submarine-based warhead or cruise missile. An attack organized in
this manner would give Russian leaders virtually no warning.
According to the simulation, EVERY
SINGLE RUSSIAN BOMBER BASE, SUBMARINE AND ICBM WOULD BE DESTROYED
WITH NO CHANCE OF A RUSSIAN COUNTER-STRIKE. Lieber and
finding is not based on best-case assumptions or an unrealistic
scenario in which U.S. missiles perform perfectly and the warheads
hit their targets without fail. Rather, we used standard assumptions
to estimate the likely inaccuracy and unreliability of U.S. weapons
systems. MOREOVER, OUR MODEL INDICATES THAT ALL OF RUSSIA'S
STRATEGIC NUCLEAR ARSENAL WOULD STILL BE DESTROYED EVEN IF U.S.
WEAPONS WERE 20 PERCENT LESS ACCURATE THAN WE ASSUMED, OR IF U.S.
WEAPONS WERE ONLY 70 PERCENT RELIABLE, OR IF RUSSIAN ICBM SILOS WERE
50 PERCENT 'HARDER' (MORE REINFORCED, AND HENCE MORE RESISTANT TO
ATTACK) THAN WE EXPECTED."
And what's more astonishing, Lieber
and Press suggest that the unclassified estimates they used most
likely grossly understated the capabilities of U.S. forces, making a
U.S. nuclear attack against Russia even more likely to succeed.
CASE OF CHINA
Concerning China, Lieber and Press
nuclear arsenal is even more vulnerable to a U.S. attack. A U.S.
first-strike could succeed whether it was launched as a surprise
first strike or in the midst of a crisis during a Chinese alert.
China has a limited strategic nuclear arsenal. The People's
Liberation Army currently possesses no modern SSBNs or long-range
bombers. Its naval arm used to have two ballistic missile submarines,
but one sank, and the other, which had such poor capabilities that it
never left Chinese waters, is no longer operational. China's
medium-range bomber force is similarly unimpressive: the bombers are
obsolete and vulnerable to attack. According to … U.S.
government assessments, China's entire intercontinental nuclear
arsenal consists of 18 stationary single-warhead ICBMs. These are not
ready to launch on warning: their warheads are kept in storage and
the missiles themselves are unfueled. (China's ICBMs use liquid fuel,
which corrodes the missiles after 24 hours. Fueling them is estimated
to take two hours.) The lack of an advanced early warning system adds
to the vulnerability of the ICBMs. It appears that China would have
no warning at all of a U.S. submarine-launched missile attack or a
strike using hundreds of stealth nuclear-armed cruise missiles."
Lieber and Press say that despite
much talk about China's military modernization, the odds that Beijing
will acquire a survivable nuclear deterrent in the next several
decades are slim. U.S. intelligence reports that China has been
working hard on producing a new rocket - the DF-31. But even when
they are finally fielded, the DF-31s are unlikely to significantly
reduce China's vulnerability vis a vis the United States. The
missile's limited range (4,970 miles), greatly restricts the area in
which they can be hidden, reducing the difficulty of searching for
them. The DF-31s could hit the contiguous United States only if they
were deployed in China's far northeastern corner, principally in
Heilongjiang Province, near the Russian - North Korean border. But
Heilongjiang is mountainous, and so the missiles could be deployed
only along a few hundred kilometers of good road or in a small plain
in the center of the province. Such restrictions increase the
missiles' vulnerability and raise questions about whether they are
even intended to target the U.S. homeland or whether they will be
aimed at targets in Russia and Asia. Lieber and Press write:
the history of China's slow-motion nuclear modernization, it is
doubtful that a Chinese second-strike force will materialize anytime
soon. The United States has a first-strike capability against China
today and should be able to maintain it for decades to come."
QUESTION TO BE ASKED
The question to be asked, according
to Lieber and Press, is this: Is the United States INTENTIONALLY
pursuing nuclear primacy - or has it just happened? Lieber and Press
answer their own question:
evidence suggests that Washington is, in fact, deliberately seeking
nuclear primacy … THE CURRENT … U.S. NUCLEAR FORCE …
SEEMS [SPECIFICALLY] DESIGNED TO CARRY OUT A PREEMPTIVE DISARMING
STRIKE AGAINST RUSSSIA AND CHINA."
INTENTIONAL PURSUT OF
Lieber and Press continue:
intentional pursuit of nuclear primacy is, moreover, entirely
consistent with the United States' declared policy of expanding its
global dominance. The Bush administration's 2002 National Security
Strategy explicitly states that the United States aims to establish
military primacy: 'Our forces will be strong enough to dissuade
potential adversaries from pursuing a military build-up in hopes of
surpassing, or equaling, the power of the United States'. To this
end, the United States is openly seeking primacy in every dimension
of modern military technology, both in its conventional arsenal and
in its nuclear forces.
pursuit of nuclear primacy helps explain its missile-defense
strategy, for example. Critics of missile defense argue that a
national missile shield [such as the one presently being deployed
along the West Coast and in Alaska] would be easily overwhelmed by a
cloud of warheads and decoys launched by Russia or China. They are
right: even a multilayered system with land-, air-, sea-, and
space-based elements is highly unlikely to protect the United States
from a major nuclear attack. But they are wrong to conclude that such
a missile-defense system is therefore worthless - as are the
supporters of missile defense who argue that, for similar reasons,
such a system could be of concern only to rogue states and terrorists
and not to other major nuclear powers.
both of these camps overlook is that the sort of missile defenses
that the United States is deploying WOULD BE VALUABLE PRIMARILY IN
AN OFFENSIVE CONTEXT, NOT A DEFENSIVE ONE - as an adjunct to a
U.S. first-strike capability, not as a standalone shield. If the
United States launched a nuclear attack against Russia [or China, or
even India, Pakistan, and the European Community (if it came to
that)] the targeted country would be left only with a tiny surviving
arsenal - if any at all. At that point, even a relatively modest …
missile-defense system might well be enough to protect against any
retaliatory strikes, because the devastated enemy would have so few
warheads and decoys left." [Please see our article, "Reducing
Europe to the Status of Greece in the Days of Rome."]
Lieber and Press conclude ominously
that in the light of all this -
continued refusal to eschew a first-strike and the country's
[continued] development of a … missile-defense capability take
on a new, and possibly more menacing look."
IS ABLE TO MAKE WAR WITH THE BEAST?
It is in the light of this reality,
that the Apostle John cries out in the Apocalypse:
is like unto this BEAST? who is able to make war with
it?" (Rev. 13:4).
Think about the implications of all
this: The United States, if it so chose, possesses the power today to
conduct a first-strike against the nuclear arsenals of all its
enemies [not only Russia and China, but the European Community
(France and Great Britain), and all the other remaining nuclear
powers of the world] without fear of suffering a retaliatory strike.
That's the truth of the matter - AND
ONE MUST REMEMBER HERE, IN THIS WORLD, AS MAO SUGGESTED, "POWER
FLOWS OUT OF THE BARREL OF A GUN" - and anyone who thinks
otherwise is a FOOL.
THE PEOPLES OF THE WORLD INTO
IN THE SERVICE OF THE AMERICAN EMPIRE
Moreover, if the United States so
chose, it could limit its first-strike attack ONLY to the
targeted countries' nuclear arsenals, sparing the cities, but
reducing the populations of these countries to impotence in a single
instant, and reducing their populations to SLAVE status in the
service of America's New World Order System - the clear implication
being that if the populations of these countries refuse to submit to
their new status, their cities would be incinerated.
IN THIS CONTEXT, ONE SHOULD BEAR
IN MIND THAT EVEN AFTER DESTROYING THE NUCLEAR ARSENALS OF ALL ITS
COMPETITORS, THE UNITED STATES WOULD STILL POSSESS THOUSANDS AND
THOUSANDS OF ADDITIONAL NUCLEAR-TIPPED MISSILES WHICH COULD BE
UTILIZED TO CARRY OUT SUCH A SLAUGHTER.
So now we begin at last to
understand the apostle's lament concerning this "BEAST-NATION:"
"Who is like unto this BEAST?
who is able to make war with it?" (Rev. 13:4), and we begin
to appreciate the prophet Daniel's description of this "BEAST-NATION"
as "DREADFUL" and "TERRIBLE,"
and "STRONG EXCEEDINGLY" with "great
iron teeth;" one that will "DEVOUR" and
"BRAKE IN PIECES," the rest of the nations of
the earth (Daniel 7:7).
But what about
Isaiah's description of this nation as an "OVERFLOWING
SCOURGE" (Is. 28:18) - an affliction, a plague on
humanity; a blight, a pestilence, a "TERRORIST-STATE"
that brings fear and horror to the peoples and nations of the world.
Of course, when we use the term "TERRORIST" we don't
usually think of a nation as such, but rather we apply the term, as
historian Edward S. Herman says, to individuals and groups who
operate outside of national constraints, and who -
operate more narrowly in space [than do nations per se], with
fewer personnel, limited resources, and who work with relatively
unsophisticated weaponry and delivery systems [like al Qaida, Hamas,
Herzbollah, ETA, the IRA, etc.]."
to Herman, this kind of terrorism pales in comparison to
"STATE-SPONSORED TERRORISM" - the kind that the U.S.
practices and the U.S. media ignores except in cases where the U.S.
has labeled for its own selfish, self-aggrandizing purposes a
so-called enemy nation such as Iran, Iraq, Venezuela, Cuba, etc. as a
"Rogue-State." The fact is, THE U.S. IS BY FAR THE
LARGEST PURVEYOR OF STATE-SPONSORED TERRORISM IN THE WORLD TODAY.
terrorism is vastly more destructive than anti-state and individual
and small group terrorism. This is the basis for distinguishing
between the two as 'wholesale' verses 'retail' terrorism. Wholesale
trade implies large scale business operations that deal with many
smaller retail operators. The retailers have little capital and do
business with a small set of local customers. State terrorists apply
their violence over a wide terrain using the large resources of the
state, and they can employ a broader and more cruel range of
techniques of intimidation, including devastating weapons like
napalm, phosphorus, depleted uranium munitions; cluster, thermobaric
and 500-pound bombs; advanced delivery systems like helicopter
gun-ships and cruise missiles; and torture [to say nothing of nuclear
warheads, long-range bombers, ICBMs, SSBNs, etc.].
the Argentinean National Commission on Disappeared Persons stated in
the aftermath of that country's era of military rule and state
terrorism (1976-1983), the terrorism of the military regime was
'infinitely worse than the terrorism which they said they were
combating'. The 9/11 attack was an extreme 'outler' in the record
of retail terror, whereas massacres of similar or larger size by
state terrorists have been numerous.
terrorists also use torture occasionally, but on a small scale. But
for state terrorists torture is big business and is an important part
of their overall effort at intimidation … In a …
computation I did some years ago, the ratio of major killings of
state terrorists to the CIA's estimate of all terrorists killings
from 1968-1980) was found to be over 500 to 1 ("Killings
by State and Nonstate Terrorists: Numbers and Orders of Magnitude,"
Herman and O'Sullivan, The Terrorism Industry, Pantheon,
Chomsky and I showed back in 1979 that 26 of the 35 countries that
were then using torture on an administrative basis were U.S.
client-states. This was rampant state terrorism, carried out under
U.S. sponsorship." [Please see our articles, "Death Squads:
Bringing in the Kingdom of God through Terror, Torture and Death,"
"Evangelicals and the Death Squads, Oh What a Tangled Web We Are
Weaving," and "The Horror of John Dimitri Negroponte and
Everything He Represents."]
terrorism goes back a long way, but in its most dramatic earlier
manifestations it has a clear family resemblance to state terrorism
today. Assyria in the 8th and 7th centuries BC
was a militarized state, with advanced military technology for the
time that pioneered 'shock and awe' tactics. The Assyrians 'brought
to perfection a systematic terrorization of their adversaries …
The accounts of their campaigns enumerate with wearisome monotony the
punishments inflicted after each victory; to flay men alive, to
impale them by the hundreds, to cut off arms, legs, noses, and ears,
and then to keep their mutilated rivals shut up in cages - such was
the invariable custom of their generals. Small wonder that the very
name of the Assyrians inspired panic and terror, and that the mere
approach of their armies forced strong kingdoms and cities to beg for
mercy' (M. Rostovtzeff, The Ancient World, vol. 1).
course our generals [i.e., U.S. generals] do not 'flay men alive',
impale them, cut off arms, legs and noses, and keep mutilated rivals
shut up in cages (although they damage torture victims in cages). On
the other hand, modern technology makes it possible to do the
equivalent of flaying men alive and cutting off their limbs and
noses, at a distance, via napalm, phosphorus, fragmentation bombs,
fuel-air bombs, large bombs, cannon, and rapid fire guns. One only
has to explore the Internet or watch Al Jazeera to see
numerous hospital cases or street or grave scenes of people burned
beyond recognition or with body damage that would equal or exceed
anything the Assyrians could produce. And what can be seen via these
non-mainstream media information sources is clearly only a small
fraction of the burned, crushed, and dismembered."
Of course, as Herman says, it is
alleged by U.S. authorities that there is a difference between the
"deliberate" killings of Hamas, the Taliban, Herzbollah,
the Iraqi insurgents, etc. and the "collateral damage" that
occurs as a result of U.S. bombing attacks and ground offensives in
cities like Fallujah; any damage that occurs in these attacks is
alleged to be inadvertent and accidental rather than deliberate,
hence such attacks are in a different and higher moral class. But
this is, as Herman states, a fallacy in terms of practice, logic,
morality, and the law. After all, if bombing raids on civilian sites,
based frequently on unverified rumor and dubious sources, regularly
kill large numbers of civilians, the fact that the individual victims
were not targeted doesn't make the deaths INADVERTENT and
UNDELIBERATE. The fact is, insofar as the law is concerned -
even in the state of Texas - the killing of a third party while
intending to kill somebody else does not exempt the killer from being
guilty of murder.
This is what happened in Fallujah
which was the result of an intentional policy called "URBICIDE"
- the killing of cities - a deliberate policy of intimidation and
murder carried out in a ruthless and methodical - albeit hidden -
manner in Iraq over the last few years.
And just how hidden and secretive
this policy has been is evidenced by the discrepancy between official
U.S. estimates of Iraqis killed (30,000) in the war in Iraq, and what
more realistic counts of the number of Iraqis slaughtered by the
American military suggest (266,666 killed) since the beginning of the
war (that's an average of about 200 Iraqis killed per day by American
forces - about eight times the amount of Iraqis killed by
insurgents). [Please see our article, "The Coming War in the
According to an article by Nicolas
Davies, author of "Burying the Lancet Report" in Z
Magazine, this figure was derived from a report by Dr. Les
Roberts of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in Baltimore
which established the number of Iraqis killed for the first 18 months
of the war at 100,000. By carrying this figure forward to cover the
full extent of the war (so far), the total would approximate 266,666
Iraqis killed by American forces in Iraq. That's an absolutely
astounding figure - a figure almost 9 times greater than the figure
admitted to by the Americans.
According to Davies, what's even
more significant is the fact that 80 percent of these deaths were
caused by "coalition" (read "American") forces
using "helicopter gunships, rockets or other forms of aerial
weaponry, and that almost half of these were children, with a median
age of 8 years. Davies reports that -
… [these] findings were published in the Lancet, the
official journal of the British Medical Association, they caused
quite a stir. [But] … soon after the study was published, U.S.
and British officials launched a concerted campaign to discredit its
authors and marginalize their findings without seriously addressing
the validity of their methods or presenting any evidence to challenge
their conclusions. [As a result], TODAY THE CONTINUING AERIAL
BOMBARDMENT OF IRAQ IS STILL A DARK SECRET TO MOST AMERICANS."
Moreover, Davies reports that the
number of Iraqis recorded as killed in the Lancet report
probably greatly UNDERestimates the real number of
Iraqis slaughtered. Davies says that the real figure could be as high
as 700,000 killed in the first 18 months of the war, bringing the
total number killed for the entire war (so far) to 1,866,662;
that's over 1,300 Iraqis killed per day, which would correspond to
I,493,329 civilians killed of which 746,665 would have been children
with a median age of 8 years. That's almost impossible for any
sensible person to fathom. It's INSANE. And it doesn't make it
any less insane because average Americans have never heard about this
before, though the rest of the world certainly has - a world that
looks on disdain at America's admitted "kill-figure" of
UNITED STATES AS THE
SCOURGE" OF ISAIAH 28:18
Certainly, all this easily secures
for the United States the title Isaiah gave to it: An
"OVERFLOWING SCOURGE" (Is. 28:18) - an
affliction on mankind, a plague on humanity; a blight on the human
race, a pestilence to the commonwealth of nations - a
"TERRORIST-STATE" that brings fear and horror to the
peoples and nations of the world.
would not be unfair to characterize anyone who would be caught
supporting such a state as a terrorist himself - as a madman or a
psychopath; but this is exactly the kind of "TRUE-BELIEVERS"
who now surround George Bush. THESE ARE PRECISELY THE KIND OF
PSYCHOPATHS THAT WOULD THINK NOTHING OF UNLEASHING A NUCLEAR WAR ON
RUSSIA AND CHINA - AND ANYONE ELSE (e.g., THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY,
INDIA, PAKISTAN, IRAN, OR EVEN ISRAEL) WHO WOULD DARE CHALLENGE
AMERICA'S PREEMINENCE or its presumed standing (as one U.S.
senator once put it) as -
chosen land ... henceforth to lead [the other nations and peoples of
the earth] in the regeneration of the world - a nation chosen by
Divine Providence to bring about the earth's redemption."
DIVINE MANDATE TO MURDER AND SLAUGHTER
PEOPLE OF THE EARTH IN THE NAME OF CHRIST?
In such a "divine"
undertaking, anything is allowable; after all, as one evangelist put
it, in this "godly" endeavor -
we're not massacring people ... We're massacring demons, and these
people [i.e., America's enemies] are demon possessed ..."
Asked to explain what he meant, the
evangelist went on to say,
for the joy of it is, of course, wrong, but killing because it is
necessary to fight against an anti-Christ system ... is not only
right, but the duty of every Christian."
FROM AN ERA OF
TO AN ERA OF WAR
certainly what C. Peter Wagner - who presumptuously styles himself as
the "PRESIDING APOSTLE" of the "INTERNATIONAL
COALITION OF APOSTLES" - thinks. [Please see our article on
Wagner and the Prophets and Apostles Movement, "Today's Church:
Making Zombies out of Christians - the Prophets and Apostles
Commenting on Bush's "War on
Terrorism" that is now threatening to "morph" into a
war against all of Islam, Wagner writes:
United States and the world are attempting to emerge from a
history-altering catastrophe (by which Wagner means the destruction
of the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001 by al-Qaida). President Bush
used well-chosen (and appropriate) language when he characterized
this conflagration as a conflict between good and evil ... For the
first time in 50 years our nation is now unified, in heart and in
voice, READY TO SHIFT FROM AN ERA OF PEACE TO AN ERA OF WAR."
[Please see our article on the Twin Towers entitled "The Events
of September 11, 2001: What's Going On?" Please also see our
article, "Radical Islam."]
BATTLE BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL?
to actually revel in the fact that Bush is taking the nation into a
war against Islam; he says that the church too must ready itself for
this war: Moreover, like Bush, Wagner sees this war as a conflict
between "GOOD" and "EVIL;"
between "GOD" and the "DEVIL"
- a war that must be prosecuted both physically and spiritually. He
have enemies in both the visible world and the invisible world, and,
ultimately, our enemies in the invisible world, under Satan as their
Commander-in-Chief, influence our natural enemies such as the
hijackers who commandeered the commercial jets which inflicted
unthinkable destruction on our nation."
Wagner elaborates on what he means:
must keep in mind that there are two important and interconnecting
worlds, the visible world of the natural world and the invisible
world of the spiritual world. God has established governments to set
policies and execute strategies in the visible world. He has
established the church to do likewise in the invisible world. When
war comes, as it now has, God will accomplish His will both through
governments and the church if the respective leaders will seek Him,
hear Him accurately, and obey Him."
Wagner believes that for there to be
victory in the "visible world" (i.e., victory for the
"American New World Order System" which he fervently
believes is God's "Redeemer Nation" ordained by Him to
conquer the world for "Christ and the church - please see our
article, "Inside the American New World Order System")
there must be victory in the "invisible world" (i.e., the
church). That both spheres (worlds) must coordinate their respective
efforts in order to bring God's Kingdom to earth.
is our responsibility, as church leaders, to use the authority that
God has delegated to us and to conquer the invisible forces of
darkness ... THIS IS WHAT OPENS THE WAY FOR OUR GOVERNMENT LEADERS
(i.e., Bush et. al.) TO MAKE GODLY DECISIONS IN THE
AND THINK ABOUT ALL THIS
decisions?" - is this what Wagner calls the slaughter of almost
2,000,000 mostly innocent people in Iraq? Again, this
is INSANE. But this is the kind of insanity that is driving
those who presently surround George Bush and who constitute his
"hardcore base" (mostly evangelical Christians) - about 35
percent of the American population. [It should be noted that this is
an "hardcore number" that could be greatly expanded upon as
Americans rally around the flag during war time - and liberals make a
big mistake to think otherwise.]
Now, stop and think about the
implications of all this:
- IF, as Lieber and
Press suggest, "THE CURRENT … U.S. NUCLEAR FORCE …
SEEMS [SPECIFICALLY] DESIGNED TO CARRY OUT A PREEMPTIVE DISARMING
STRIKE AGAINST RUSSSIA AND CHINA" and anyone else who
challenges America's military supremacy or challenges in any way the
brutal, unjust and flagrantly inequitable economic system that
undergirds the American New World Order System, and
- IF, as
the Lancet Report suggests, the United States has been
carrying out what amounts to a brutal war against the "INNOCENTS"
in Iraq, 746,665 of which have been children with a median age of 8
- IF a
cabal of Christian PSYCHOPATHS now control all the
instruments of government in the United States - the executive
branch, the legislative branch, and the judiciary - and are disposed
to use this kind of power in "winning the world to Christ"
- then what are the chances that the
United States will not in the very near future expand what it has
been doing in Iraq to the entire world - using all the means at its
disposal, including the use of nuclear weapons to destroy and / or
cower those who would oppose it. After all, according to R.J.
sword as well as the pen must be used to win the world to Christ."
CLOSE ARE WE? -
THE CASE OF IRAN
And exactly how close are we to such
a result. Well, if the United States continues down its path of
DELIBERATELY challenging Iran insofar as Iran's nuclear
ambitions are concerned, we may be very close indeed. A war against
Iran would have to be carried out using air power alone because U.S.
ground forces are stretched too thin as it is. [Please see our two
articles on the draft, "Closing the Trap: the Draft" and
"The Draft: You Had Better Get Ready."]
But an air attack - in the absence
of a concomitant and parallel ground attack - could very well
escalate into nuclear warfare, AND THIS IS PRECISELY WHAT THE
BIBLE SUGGESTS WILL HAPPEN.
Concerning the inevitability of all
this, Peter Baker and Glenn Kessler of the Washington Post
has [in recent months] vaulted to the front of the U.S. national
security agenda amid Bush administration plans for a SUSTAINED
campaign against the ayatollahs of Tehran. In a move that will likely
add to the sense of urgency, Iran said [on 3/14/06] … that it
had rejected a Russian proposal for a compromise on its intention to
NEED TO FIRE ON ALL PISTONS ON IRAN
Baker and Kessler continue:
of the Hoover Institution's board of overseers who met with Bush,
Vice President Dick Cheney and national security adviser Stephen
Hadley two weeks ago emerged with the impression that the
administration has shifted to a more robust policy aimed at Tehran.
'THE MESSAGE THAT WE RECEIVED IS THAT THEY ARE IN FAVOR OF
SEPARATING THE IRANIAN PEOPLE FROM THE REGIME' …
upper hand is with those who are PUSHING FOR REGIME CHANGE
[which is a code word for the kind of regime change the U.S. carried
out in Iraq against Saddam Hussein] … The focus on Iran inside
the administration has been striking lately. Bush, according to
aides, has been spending more time on the issue and advisers have
invited 30 to 40 specialists for consultations in recent months …
The biggest help uniting the international community [with Bush
against Iran] … came from … President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad [of Iran] when he dismissed the holocaust as a Jewish lie
and talked about wiping Israel off the map.
statement underscored the perceived danger posed by Tehran and,
according to Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns, led [Secretary
of State] Rice to say, 'WE NEED TO FIRE ON ALL PISTONS ON IRAN."
[Please see Chapter VI of the Antipas Papers, "The Gog /
GOD HELP THOSE WHO DARE TO INTERVENE
There's not a lot one can say about
such a statement. It's pretty clear that the U.S. is going to war
with Iran in the near future, and that it is seriously contemplating
the use of nuclear weapons - AND GOD HELP THOSE [specifically, the
Russians, the Chinese, and the European community] WHO WOULD DARE TO
INTERVENE! The United States is more than prepared for such an
eventuality; indeed the Bible seems to anticipate just such a result.
The prophet Daniel, in describing the Gog/Magog War, declares:
"Then he [i.e., Antichrist] will stretch out his hand …
"[And] he [i.e., Antichrist] will gain
control over the HIDDEN TREASURES of … [the Middle
East, specifically, its great oil wealth] …
"But rumors from the East and from the
North will disturb him [i.e., Antichrist], and he [Antichrist] will
go forth WITH GREAT WRATH TO DESTROY AND ANNIHILATE MANY."
ARE THE PEOPLES AND NATIONS
IN DANIEL 11:42-44?
that fairly begs to be asked here is Who are those peoples and
countries to the east and the north of the Middle East whom
Antichrist will "DESTROY" and "ANNIHILATE."
What countries are those? Well, there is Russia to the north, and
China to the east - and one would do well to remember that Russia is
not the only nation north of the Middle East - the European Community
of nations lies north of the Middle East as well. ALL THIS LENDS
AN INCREDIBLE WEIGHT AND SIGNIFICANCE TO THE WORDS OF LIEBER AND
PRESS THAT -
CURRENT … U.S. NUCLEAR FORCE … SEEMS [SPECIFICALLY]
DESIGNED TO CARRY OUT A PREEMPTIVE DISARMING STRIKE AGAINST RUSSSIA
AND CHINA" [AND, IF NECESSARY, THE NATIONS OF THE EUROPEAN
WAR COMES TO THE MIDDLE EAST
If an expanded war comes to the
Middle East - which current events and the weight of biblical
prophecy say that it will - then you must understand that your chance
of escaping the United States in obedience to God's command in
Revelation 18:4 will evaporate like so much smoke on a windy day, and
you will be caught in a vise from which there will be no escape.
And you must
further understand that when war does come, it will SUDDENLY-
after all, we are talking here about a nuclear first-strike, and such
a strike must be carried out in secret. There will be no "build-up"
to such a war by America's "talking heads," and the
movement of America's strategic forces to facilitate such a strike
will be carried out under the strictest regimen of secrecy. So, if
you're counting on such things to give you a warning, you're "barking
up the wrong tree" and you will be certainly led astray.
I say again,
when this attack comes it will come WITHOUT WARNING and
seemingly "out of the blue." PROPHECY IS YOUR ONLY EARLY
WARNING SYSTEM OF WHAT IS ABOUT TO OCCUR - AND IF YOU REFUSE TO ACT
ON IT - AND IT ALONE - YOU WILL BE CAUGHT.
Once war breaks out, Martial Law
will be declared, your movements will be severely curtailed, and not
just on a legal basis, but also because of a severe shortage of
gasoline that will occur as a natural outcome of this war. Thus, even
if you can find a way to skirt the legal restrictions that will
surely impress themselves on all forms of travel, the resultant
gasoline shortage will certainly limit your ability to travel and get
around - not only insofar as your own vehicle is concerned, but by
bus, train, and air travel as well.
And be clear, even if you have the
money to spend on gasoline for a "last ditch" effort to
reach the border and escape the country - provided that you can get
through the border, which will be highly unlikely, indeed, virtually
impossible - your ability to buy gasoline at any price will no doubt
be limited by a rationing program that will restrict travel by car to
only a few miles per month.
Moreover, if there is anything in
your background that would suggest that you are "unreliable,"
be sure that you will be discovered by the "data-mining"
techniques the government has now arrayed against its citizens, and
you will surely be arrested and shipped off to a concentration camp.
And be clear here - there will be no escape from these camps unless
you are prepared to unswervingly swear allegiance to the new National
Security State, and by doing so, compromising yourself forever
insofar as Christ is concerned.
when I tell you - as someone who was intimately connected to the
Phoenix Program in Vietnam (I was an instructor at the program's
"in-country" training facility in Vung Tau, Vietnam) - you
should not think, even for a minute, that you will be able to
sustain the pressure that will befall you in these camps. Only IDIOTS
- like some of my erstwhile colleagues - will beat their chest and
say that they will be able to resist the pressure (i.e., the torture
and the horror) that will be brought to bear against them, and not
only them but their loved ones as well. None of these people have ANY
idea about what goes on in these places. [Please see our article,
"John Dimitri Negroponte and the Horror He Represents."]
OUT NOW WHILE THERE IS STILL TIME
PRECISELY for this reason that the Bible says that we are to -
OUT of her … that ye be not partakers of her sins, and
that ye receive not of her plagues." (Rev. 18:4)
We are to
"COME OUT" lest we surrender ourselves to the
pressure of the propaganda that surrounds us (and, if we are
eventually imprisoned - to the HORROR of the concentration
camps), because if we do succumb to this pressure (to this HORROR
and TERROR), we will subsumed (absorbed) into the American New
World Order System, and we will be judged for it just as surely as
Babylon will be judged.
This is heavy
stuff, but I somberly warn you that ignoring it will not make it go
away; neither will all your wishful thinking. Get out now before it's
too late - before you are caught on the OUTSIDE of the door
that leads to God's kingdom just as the five foolish virgins were
caught in Matthew 25:1-12:
"Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins,
which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
"And five of them were wise, and five were
"They that were foolish took their
lamps, and took no oil with them:
"But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
"While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
"And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom
cometh; go ye out to meet him.
"Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
"And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for
our lamps are gone out.
"But the wise answered, saying, Not so;
lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them
that sell, and buy for yourselves.
"And while they went to buy, the
bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the
marriage: AND THE DOOR WAS SHUT.
"Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open
"But he answered and said, Verily I say
unto you, I KNOW YOU NOT." (Matthew 25:1-12)
Now there is
something very sobering that you would be well advised to pay close
attention to here: And that is, that the five foolish virgins did
eventually come to their senses - BUT IT WAS TOO LATE; THE DOOR
HAD BEEN SHUT - even though they went, most probably in a
panic, to town and bought the necessary oil with which to light
their lamps. BUT WHEN THEY GOT BACK, THE DOOR HAD ALREADY BEEN
SHUT - AND THOUGH THEY PLEADED WITH THE LORD WITH TEARS IN THEIR EYES
TO OPEN UP THE DOOR TO THEM, HIS ONLY RESPONSE WAS, "I KNOW YOU
NOT." That's EXACTLY why the Lord implores all those
who will listen:
therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son
of man cometh." (Matthew 25:13)
And the lesson
here surely applies to the warning in Scripture concerning Revelation
18:4. Are YOU watching? Are YOU preparing yourself so
that YOU will not be caught on the wrong side when the door
leading out of the United States is finally slammed shut, and you are
caught like a rat in a trap - just like the five foolish virgins. If
you are caught, there will be no way for you to escape - and don't
let anyone tell you otherwise. That's what the foolish virgins
thought, AND THEY WERE WRONG! I tell you the truth, a pox on
all those who would tell you differently, and who would twist the
Scriptures to "make it so."
The Bible says
"COME OUT" - and that is PRECISELY what
should be occupying your mind now if you are still in Babylon. No
"special mission" that you can dream up will excuse you
from obeying God's holy command in Revelation 18:4, and anyone who
tells you otherwise in word or in deed is causing you to stumble.
This is a test on all of us - whether or not we love the Lord above
and beyond all others - even our wives, our husbands, our mothers and
fathers, and our children. The Bible says:
"Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God, and serve him, and shalt
swear by his name.
"Ye shall not go after other gods [or
"FOR THE LORD THY GOD IS A JEALOUS
God …" (Deut. 6:13-15)
And if you put
anyone before Him - including your own loved ones - you will be cast
out of the Kingdom of God. Again, THE LORD THY GOD IS A JEALOUS
GOD. This is a hard saying, but it is true. And it is analogous
to the "hard saying" that Jesus uttered to His disciples in
John 6:60-61, when -
"Many therefore of his disciples, when
they had heard this, said, THIS IS AN HARD SAYING; WHO CAN
"And when Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at
it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you?"
After that, the Scriptures tell us
that many deserted Him and followed Him no more. [Please see our
article, "The Cost of Discipleship."] I fervently hope and
pray that that will not be your case.
God bless you all,
P.S. Finally, we ask you to
remember the word of Scripture which says -
"If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great
thing if we shall reap your carnal (material) things?" (1Cor.
If you have benefited from this
ministry, then we ask that you return the favor by ministering to us
of your material things. We need your continued financial support for
this ministry - which is moment by moment under very heavy
spiritual and physical attack - if we are to go forward.
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
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