Tribute Money, the Dollar
and the American Empire
[Formerly: The American Empire]
[The Fundamentals (die Grundlagen)
of U.S. World Hegemony]
A very important message regarding
the ranch up here in Canada
January 5, 2007
by: S.R. Shearer
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"You've shown how the United States has run rings around … every
other empire-building nation in history. We've pulled off the greatest
rip-off ever achieved."
Famed Economist Hermann Kahn to Michael
Hudson, author of Super Imperialism, The Origin
and Fundamentals of U.S. World Dominance
Most people today are completely unaware of the
real foundations of America's ECONOMIC supremacy - a supremacy that
mercilessly wrings out of the nations of the so-called "First World"
(e.g., Japan, the E.U., Korea, Australia, Canada, etc., as well as "Second
World" nations such as Russia, India and China) billions and billions
of dollars each year in TRIBUTE money.
This money is then used to finance America's wars
of conquest - wars that open up the economies of the so-called "Third
World" to be cruelly and heartlessly raped and pillaged insofar as their
"natural" and "human" resources are concerned. It is PRECISELY
this pitiless savagery that gives rise to the Bible's description of America
as a "BEAST NATION;" a nation that is "...
DREADFUL" and "TERRIBLE," and "STRONG
EXCEEDINGLY" with "great iron teeth;" one that "DEVOURS"
and "BRAKES IN PIECES" (Daniel 7:7), and one that
is an "OVERFLOWING SCOURGE." (Is. 28:18)
Moreover, it is exactly this TRIBUTE money
- money that is recycled through American banks and then extended as additional
credit to American consumers - that allows Americans to continue to live in
relative opulence while piling up ever more personal debt - and doing so while
much of the rest of the world starves.
THE EXTENT OF MOST PEOPLE'S
IGNORANCE OF AMERICA'S TRIBUTE SYSTEM
The extent of most people's ignorance with regard
to this matter is reflected in the perpetual "hue and cry" of naïfs
and ninnies regarding the nation's huge trade and budgetary deficits - the
very deficits that create the TRIBUTE money that America has come to
rely on both corporately (as a nation) and individually - and contributes
to the false and even idiotic belief in most Christians that the U.S. will
eventually bankrupt itself and sink into "second-class" status.
BUT MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT, WHILE MOST OF
THE "PLEBES" AND "COMMON FOLK" IN AMERICA AND ABROAD ARE
IGNORANT OF HOW AMERICA'S TRADE DEFICITS ARE "MAGICALLY" TRANSFORMED
INTO TRIBUTE MONEY THAT FINANCES AMERICA'S WARS OF CONQUEST AND FEEDS THE
INSATIABLE APPETITE OF AMERICAN CONSUMERS FOR MORE AND MORE "THINGS,"
THE ELITES THAT GOVERN THIS SYSTEM ARE NOT.
The crucial but furtive and underhanded role that
these massive deficits play insofar as the American New World Order System
is concerned is reflected in the "benign neglect" of the them by
the "wise men" that govern the affairs of the nation as these deficits
have mounted up to the heavens in the almost thirty-five years since America
abandoned the gold standard. As Michael Hudson reports in his masterpiece,
Super Imperialism: The Origin and Fundamentals of U.S. World Dominance:
"The [U.S. trade] deficit that caused a global crisis in 1971 when its
$10 billion rate led to a 10 percent dollar devaluation has now risen to hundreds
of billions of dollars annually, and is still rising … Still the government
says that it is not worried and that the situation does not call for any action
This kind of thinking drives many people crazy
as they try to understand the rationale behind America's "benign neglect"
with regard to these deficits. But be assured, there is a rationale behind
it all. Hudson explains the REALPOLITIK governing America's
policy of "benign neglect:"
"Gold was the monetary medium that CHECKED America's ability
to run balance-of-payments deficits without limit. As the dollar ceased 'being
as good as gold' leading up to 1971, the U.S. Treasury put pressure on central
banks to demonetize the metal and finally drove it out of the world monetary
system … Removing gold convertibility of the dollar - OR FOR THAT MATTER
ITS CONVERTIBILITY INTO THE PURCHASE OF U.S. COMPANIES OR OTHER HARD ASSETS
- enabled the United States to pursue its lethal economic and military
policies with regard to the rest of the world."
NOTE: There are exceptions to the rule that forbids foreigners
to buy up hard U.S. assets - as in the case where Daimler-Benz bought Chrysler,
and other German companies such as Bayer and Siemens have been buying up parallel
U.S. assets; and there are many, many other cases beyond Daimler-Benz, Bayer,
and Siemens. But would you be surprised to learn that since the end of
the Second World War, American shareholders have held a controlling share
of the stock in these companies and many others besides, not only in Germany,
but in the rest of Europe and in Japan. That, however, is another story; a
story that has been carefully hidden from the American public, and a story
that goes a long way in explaining why the U.S. has allowed these and other
companies such as Toyota, Nissan, Sony, etc. to penetrate the American economy
to the degree that they have. While this has played havoc with the jobs of
ordinary Americans, it has had the wonderful effect (insofar a the elites
are concerned) of -
Destroying American unions (which the American elites hate with a passion
that is hard for ordinary people to understand), and -
Greatly enriching the American elites who systematically and very, very
covertly bought up the stock of these companies after the Second World War
from "native stockholders" who could at the time do nothing more
than paper their walls with their all but worthless stock certificates - stock
certificates that gave "native stockholders" a claim on nothing
more than a pile of rubble. THE OWNERSHIP OF THESE "FOREIGN COMPANIES"
BY AMERICAN ELITE INTERESTS IS ONE OF THE DEEPEST SECRETS OF THE POST WORLD
WAR II ECONOMIC SYSTEM.
The United States dares not publicly announce
that this is its policy vis-à-vis the rest of the world, but it's policy
of "benign neglect" regarding its trade policy surely gives the
game away because it can hardly be imagined that if these mounting trade deficits
really hurt the U.S. (or at least the interests of the U.S. elites), they
would be allowed to continue. The U.S. would simply return to its historic
isolationism, throw up trade barriers, and go it alone, which it is perfectly
capable of doing. The fact is, of all the economies of the world, it's the
U.S. economy that would suffer the least under a regime of protectionism.
THE DOLLAR BECOMES THE
WORLD'S MEDIUM OF EXCHANGE
The United States, however, has not pursued a
policy of protectionism, and the reason is this: The U.S. has the rest of
the world by its testicles (to put it in the vernacular). And how is that?
- when the U.S. abandoned the gold standard, IT REPLACED GOLD AS THE WORLD'S
MEDIUM OF EXCHANGE WITH ITS OWN CURRENCY, THE DOLLAR; AND IT FORCED THE OTHER
NATIONS OF THE WORLD TO DO SO AS WELL - i.e., TO USE DOLLARS RATHER THAN GOLD
AS THE "BACKUP" OR SUPPORT FOR THEIR OWN CURRENCIES. Furthermore,
it forced the other nations of the world to carry on all their international
transactions with dollars. This confronts America's client-states in the First
World - the E.U., Japan, Korea, Australia, etc. - with a dilemma; Hudson explains:
"If they let the U.S. payments deficit drag the dollar down, this will
give U.S. exporters a price advantage [i.e., they can flood their markets
with undervalued American products, causing unemployment and a host of other
economic ills]. To protect their own producers [and workers], central banks
must support the dollar's exchange rate by recycling their surplus dollars
back to the United States. This option obliges them to buy U.S. government
securities, as U.S. diplomats have made it clear that to buy control of U.S.
companies [as well as to repurchase control of many of their own "national
companies which they lost to American shareholders after the Second World
War] or even to return to gold would be viewed as an UNFRIENDLY act."
A MAFIA PROTECTION RACKET
This TRIBUTE system is analogous to a MAFIA
PROTECTION RACKET where shop keepers and other business people are forced
to pay "protection" to the local Mafia Don in order to do business
- and God help those who don't pay!
The local Mafia Don would consider that an "UNFRIENDLY
ACT" - and, again, who would want to get on the wrong side of Mafia
AN UNFRIENDLY ACT
And what's true with the Mafia is true with regard
to the United States! No one wants to get on the wrong side of the United
States insofar as its PROTECTION RACKET is concerned. After all, America
is the CAPO DI TUTI (the Don of all Dons) - and one has only
to view the wreckage of the old Soviet Union, Cuba, Iraq, North Korea, etc.
to see what happens to countries that the U.S. views as "unfriendly."
The fact that China has not suffered the same fate as the old Soviet Union
is because China has now become a compliant member of America's New World
Order System - all the rhetoric of political nincompoops to the contrary notwithstanding.
NOTE: The fact is, the huge trade deficits that characterize
U.S. trade with China are recycled back to America as TRIBUTE just
as money from similar U.S. trade deficits are recycled back to the U.S. from
Europe and Japan.
As famed economist Herbert Kahn says of this PROTECTION
RACKET, it's "the greatest rip-off the world has ever seen"
- and while many in the outside world might realize what's happening, what
does one do when confronted by a thief who has a gun pointed at your head?
One hands over the cash and keeps his mouth shut!
People know intuitively that in this world, as
Mao once remarked, "POWER FLOWS OUT OF THE BARREL OF A GUN,"
and America has the "biggest and badest" guns in the world. IT'S
THIS FACT THAT MAKES AMERICA'S PROTECTION RACKET WORK. And make no mistake
about America's military supremacy: As I indicated in the Antipas Papers,
"The most powerful army in the world stands guard over her supremacy;
no nation on earth can "mass" troops against it without being swept
away in a few short hours. Her fleets dominate the seas; twelve Herculean
naval battle groups prowl the oceans, each dominated by enormous and incalculably
powerful "supercariers" - oceanic "BATTLE STARS"
of immeasurable dread. No other nation on earth has anything comparable to
them. Trident submarines larger than the battleships of World War II lie in
wait beneath the seas, ready to unleash their horror and violence on anyone
foolish enough to challenge her preeminence. Her air force overspreads the
earth with its shadow and makes the nations of the world tremble with fear.
America's MILITARY presence fills the world like some mighty colossus.
She stands as a giant in a world filled with pygmies. 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."
THE LIEBER / PRESS REPORT FOR
THE COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS
Indeed, the extent to which America
dominates the world MILITARILY 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 -
"… destroy the long-range nuclear arsenals of (both) Russia and China
with a first strike." [Please see our article, "A
Dreadful Nation; An Overflowing Scourge: the Rise of U.S. Military Supremacy."]
Lieber and Press explain what
a "first strike" is; It is -
"THE ABILITY TO DESTROY ALL OF AN ADVERSARY'S NUCLEAR FORCES, ELIMINATING
THE POSSIBILITY OF A RETALIATORY STRIKE. IT IS KNOWN AS A FIRST-STRIKE
CAPABILITY, OR NUCLEAR PRIMACY."
According to Lieber and Press, the United States
now has the ability to destroy EVERY SINGLE RUSSIAN BOMBER BASE, AND EVERY
RUSSIAN SUBMARINE AND ICBM WITH NO CHANCE OF A RUSSIAN COUNTER-STRIKE.
Moreover, they continue:
"This 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 … 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."
Concerning China, Lieber and Press write:
"China's 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."
Moreover, Lieber and Press go on to say,
"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."
Finally, what can be said with regard to Russia
and China, can be said with regard to all the other nuclear powers of the
world. The fact is, THE U.S. COULD STRIKE ALL THESE POWERS - ALONG WITH
RUSSIA AND CHINA - AND TAKE THEM ALL OUT IN A SINGLE, MASSIVE STROKE.
IT IS PRECISELY THIS OVERARCHING MILITARY POWER THAT PERMITS THE U.S. TO
ENFORCE ITS TRIBUTE SYSTEM ON THE WORLD.
So much then for the possibility that the nations
of the earth can break free of America's grip. Hudson writes:
"Foreigners have no say over these policies [i.e., the economic policies
that undergird the American New World Order System]. Americans fought a revolution
over the principle, 'no taxation without representation' two centuries ago,
but Europe, Asia and Third World countries seem politically far from taking
a similar step today. Their dollar claims [against the U.S. treasury as a
result of America's trade deficit] do not give them the voting rights in U.S.
policy formation, yet U.S. government, IMF (International Monetary Fund) and
World Bank officials use their dollar claims on debtor economies in Latin
America, Africa and Asia to follow the Washington Consensus."
HOW THE SYSTEM WORKS
In simple terms, the system works in this way:
The U.S. buys more products than it sells to foreign countries. Like gold
used to do, these dollars accumulate in central banks around the world and
are used by them to carry on their international trade - to buy oil from OPEC
(OPEC trades its oil only in dollars), to buy commodities such as fruit and
sugar from Latin America, natural gas from Russia (Russia sells its natural
gas only in dollars), copper from Chile, tin from Bolivia, electronic equipment
from China, cars from Japan, etc. - again, all of which are traded in dollars.
But even after foreign countries have used their
dollar surpluses to buy what they want from other countries, they still have
a surplus of dollars. Hudson writes:
"In fact, the larger the U.S. balance of payments (i.e., its trade deficit)
grows, the more dollars mount up in the hands of … [central banks] to be recycled
to finance the U.S. budget deficit."
What can they do with their surplus dollars since
the U.S. will not allow the holders of these dollars to buy up U.S. assets?
The only thing that they can do with them is buy U.S. Treasury bonds. Hudson
"These dollar holdings - in the form of Treasury bonds - have become
a seignorage tax levied by America on the world's central banks." [A
seignorage tax redistributes money from the lender to the borrower; it's an
upside-down situation where the borrower rather than the lender ultimately
This so-called seignorage tax the U.S. levies
on the rest of the world is used by the U.S. to cover its huge budgetary deficits
- BUDGETARY DEFICITS THAT ALLOW THE U.S. TO BUILD AND MAINTAIN ITS HUGE
MILITARY MACHINE AND CARRY ON ITS INCESSANT WARS OF CONQUEST WITHOUT HAVING
TO RAISE TAXES ON AMERICAN CONSUMERS. It's the people in America's system
of client-states that finance America's military machine and pay for America's
wars of conquest. That's precisely what the Ancients used to call "TRIBUTE."
BUT IT'S A SUPER-SOPHISTICATED SYSTEM OF TRIBUTE THAT - WHILE WELL-KNOWN
TO THE ELITES IN THE U.S. AND AMONG AMERICA'S "TOADY ELITES" ABROAD
- REMAINS HIDDEN FROM THE MASSES OF THE PEOPLE BOTH IN THE UNITED STATES AND
IN ITS CLIENT-STATES.
GETTING BACK TO OUR ANALOGY
OF A MAFIA PROTECTION RACKET
Getting back to our analogy of a Mafia PROTECTION
RACKET - no one, not the Mafia nor the small shop keeper that is paying
the Mafia for "protection" wants to admit OPENLY what's occurring.
So the Mafia carries the money it extracts from the shop keeper on its books
as a "loan" from the shop keeper to itself; and the shop keeper
carries the money paid as "protection" to the Mafia as a loan it
has made to the Mafia.
Of course, both know that the so-called "loan"
is never going to be repaid - BUT IT BALANCES THE BOOKS INSOFAR
AS BOTH PARTIES ARE CONCERNED. This is important because when it comes
time for the shop keeper to explain to his family why they don't have quite
as much money to spend as they thought they had (based on the shop's gross
sale's receipts), the shop keeper tells his family that he has "invested"
the money. Contrawise, it allows the family of the Mafia Don (who want to
plead ignorance as to why they have so much more money to spend than they
should have) to think that the money is a "loan" from some obscure
"great uncle" who doesn't really want the money back.
Of course, the presence of so many armed "retainers"
coming and going at the estate they live at in the Hamptons, the stories one
hears wafting through closed doors about "hits," about "numbers
being "run," the presence of so many "beautiful people"
at the pool outside on the carefully manicured lawns, etc., leads one to wonder
a little about what daddy is really up to and where all the money comes from.
But a trip to the shopping mall quickly sweeps such "impure" thoughts
away. And, then, each Sunday when the family attends Mass and the priest makes
so much to do about Daddy, any thought that dear old dad could be up to "no
good" is quickly banished from the mind.
AND ISN'T THIS THE CASE WITH
THE AMERICAN CONSUMER
And isn't this the case with the American consumer;
isn't this the way that Americans react to the manner in which America is
squeezing TRIBUTE money out of the rest of the world. Indeed, it's
this more than anything else that reveals the impure and avaricious nature
of America's citizenry (Christians and secularists alike), and exposes their
deep participation in this immoral system. After all, how many Americans would
stop buying their clothes at Wal-Mart, Macys, Target, etc. if they knew that
these clothes were made in Third World sweat shops; OR how many
Americans would stop buying their electronic gadgets at Fry's, Sears, Best
Buy, etc. if they knew they were being made by political prisoners in China;
OR how many American women would stop buying diamonds if they
knew how much blood and misery are associated with them? Not many I imagine.
Plainly, then, it's not just the American elites
that are participants in this system of organized pillage, but the American
people as well - and all their long prayers for the poor in Africa, Asia and
Latin America will not wash away their guilt.
The American people are practicing a form of WILLING
IGNORANCE insofar as what the American New World Order System is all about.
But the Bible does not excuse such ignorance, and it condemns those who involve
themselves in this kind of ignorance:
"For this they WILLINGLY are ignorant of, that
by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of
the water and in the water:
"Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished
…" (2Pe 3:5-6)
Is that what you are doing? - practicing a kind
of WILLING ignorance insofar as the crimes of the American New World
Order System are concerned; pretending, like the family of a Mafia Don - that
you are unaware of where all your money comes from. You think, perhaps, that
your PERSONAL piety (which may indeed be very real) will give you a
pass when you appear before the Judgment Seat of Christ? - that because you
make long prayers for the people of the Third World, that will excuse you
from the crimes of the American New World Order System? God help you if that's
As I have said in previous articles, the fact
of the matter is, whether or not one recognizes that he is engaged in sin
- that sin still has a poisonous effect on those it touches (cf., 2Pe
3:5-6). To think otherwise is akin to believing that because one does
not recognize a poisonous snake as such, the danger that the snake poses is
somehow or other abated. That's nonsense! The malignant effect that sin has
on a person has little or nothing to do with whether or not one recognizes
that what he is doing is sinful. If anything, it renders the sin that much
FALLING SICK WITH THE PLAGUES OF BABYLON
Dear saints of God, you must realize that God
considers the condition of this great BEAST NATION so nauseous
that He commands His people to -
"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)
The Lord does not want His people CONTAMINATED
by the sins of this BEAST NATION, and if they stay, they surely
will be CONTAMINATED (fall "sick" with her plagues) - and
that certainly is what's happening with many of my friends and loved ones
who have chosen to remain in Babylon - they have fallen sick, and don't even
recognize the fact that they have done so.
Again, the Bible says that you are to COME
OUT, and the question is, Who or what is hindering you from obeying God.
Paul faced a similar dilemma with those who followed him, but who - after
he had left them - decided to stray from the truth that he had delivered unto
"Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?
"This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you.
"A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump." (Gal. 5:1-9)
Paul said, a "little leaven leaveneth
the whole lump;" in other words, sin is contagious, and if you don't
get away from it, it will contaminate you, AND THERE IS VERY LITTLE TIME
LEFT TO OBEY GOD IN THIS MATTER.
So again, the question is, Who or what is hindering
you from obeying God in relation to His command in Revelation 18:4? Time is
running out for you! As Phil Gasper has said, events are developing right
now in the Middle East that will -
"… MARK THE OFFICIAL EMERGENCE OF THE UNITED STATES AS A FULL-FLEDGED
GLOBAL EMPIRE, seizing sole responsibility and authority as planetary
policeman. It would be the culmination of a plan 10 years or more in the making,
carried out by those who believe the United States must seize the opportunity
for global domination [i.e., the neo-conservatives] … In essence, these men
have laid out a plan for PERMANENT U.S. MILITARY AND ECONOMIC DOMINATION
OF EVERY REGION ON THE GLOBE, unfettered by international treaty or concern
When that happens, everything will change, and
not necessarily to your advantage - and you should know in this connection
that Gasper is a socialist! Jesus was certainly right when He said:
"The children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children
of light." (Luke 16:8)
ADMITTING TO A REALISTIC INTERPRETATION
OF THE "SIGNS OF THE TIMES"
Brothers and sisters in Christ, is it really that
difficult to recognize -
The United States for what it really is: the BEAST NATION
of Daniel 7:7 and Is. 28:18.
That no nation or combination of nations can challenge its preeminence.
That there is a great deal of significance to the fact that American troops
are now ensconced in the land of ancient Babylon.
That the United States is now maneuvering "for the kill" in the
Middle East by -
Moving two huge U.S. carrier battle groups into the Middle East to augment
the carrier battle groups already there. For what purpose? The defense of
Baghdad? - if you believe that I have a bridge in Brooklyn I would like to
"SURGING" 50,000 more troops
into Iraq. Again, for what purpose? To halt the insurgent activity there prior
to pulling out American forces from Iraq? - the logic here is so convoluted
it hardly bears refutation.
Deploying the new, improved Patriot Missile System to Iraq and Israel.
Once again, for what purpose? To protect American troops in Iraq from the
many "sophisticated" missile systems the Iraqi insurgents possess?
To protect Israel from a war they are not even participants in? - it's all
Shipping several thousand "smart air launched weapons" to Israel.
Again. For what purpose. These weapons are not needed to protect Israel from
the crude rockets that Herzbollah possesses.
Shipping to Israel some 500 "bunker-buster bombs;" specifically
the conventional "bunker buster" (the BLU 113), and the B61-11,
which is the "nuclear version" of the BLU 113. Nuclear weapons to
Israel? Why? - for use against Hamas in the Gaza strip? If Israel uses these
weapons in Gaza, they would probably take out half of Israel as well.
Shipping US Harpoon missiles armed with nuclear
warheads for use by Israel's submarine force. As if these weapons would be
of any use to Israel except in an all out war with Iran.
Deploying large numbers of air assets to
the six "super-bases" the U.S. has built in the desert in Iraq.
Once again, for what purpose? The U.S. already has an over-abundance of air
power in Iraq insofar as its war against the Iraqi insurgents are concerned.
I can tell you as a former "Order of Battle"
officer at the Combined Intelligence Center in Vietnam, that there is no surer
way of anticipating future events on the battlefield than viewing realistically
the order of battle of one's opponents. That was surely the case with the
VC / NVA; that was certainly the case insofar as Saddam Hussein's invasion
of Kuwait in the early 1990s; and that is assuredly the case now with regard
to the deployment of U.S. military forces in Iraq.
IN THE REAL WORLD -
In the REAL world, if an opposing military
commander ignored this kind of developing order of battle being arrayed against
him, he would be relieved of his command and shot. But as I said in my last
"Oh, how hard it is to get people to take all this seriously -
again, even friends and loved ones, even many in the ministry.
I tell you the truth when I say that you cannot possibly imagine how
difficult it has been for me during the last year or so to continue
preaching the message that the Lord has given me. Even a great many
of those closely associated with me have demurred at my insistence as
to the IMMEDIACY of the situation before us, and I have been
left pretty much alone to fend for myself up here in Canada. I have
begun to learn through much heartache what Giovanni Papine meant when
'NO ONE LOVES A PROPHET; he is a troublesome ... voice, HATED
by the people and out of favor with the church. 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 earth ... followed
by suspicion and hatred ... He is ... a man who sees with a troubled
heart - but with clear eyes - the compromises his friends and loved
ones are making with the world today, and the consequences that will
accrue to them tomorrow ... Like all truthtellers who disturb the
slumbering majority and who unsettle the peace of the people, he is
avoided like a leper, persecuted like an enemy and those who are looked
upon as being 'reasonable people' detest him ...'"
OUR FAILURE IN CANADA & OUR HOPE THAT
OTHERS CAN LEARN FROM OUR MISTAKES
Brothers and sisters, I have kept our ranch in
Canada open for over three years now, even after my dear wife of over 45 years
suffered a heart attack and a stroke - and we (my wife and I) have invited
all who wanted to come, to come. My hope was that enough saints would come
who were MATURE enough that we could open up a "way station"
for people choosing to get out of the United States; a place where people
could be "trained up" in the Word of God and in the ministry; a
place where we could learn to WORK TOGETHER for the glory of God and
the preaching of the Gospel of the Kingdom.
And I must report to you that there were a great
number of people who responded, but very few MATURE Christians answered
our call - Christians who could guide, "raise up" and train the
babes in Christ who did respond, and so when the enemy came in and brought
false accusations against the brothers and sisters here, and caused friction
among them, there was no one to "pour oil on the waters." On top
of that, the accusations flew against us - accusations that were even picked
up and repeated by people who had no first-hand knowledge of what was happening.
I was labeled a "Jim Jones" - even by people who had been with me
for years and years, and who knew better - BUT WHO HAD BEEN OFFENDED BY
MY INSISTENCE THAT CHRISTIANS IN AMERICA MUST TAKE GOD'S COMMAND IN REVELATION
18:4 SERIOUSLY. And my how these lies proliferated. And what now can I
say about them all - not much, except what Jesus said about His accusers:
"And the Lord said, Whereunto then shall I liken the men of this generation?
and to what are they like?
"They are like unto children sitting in the marketplace, and calling
one to another, and saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced;
we have mourned to you, and ye have not wept.
"For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine; and
ye say, He hath a devil.
"The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous
man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners!
"But wisdom is justified of all her children." (Luke 7:31-35)
And this is certainly true with regard to the
accusations that have been leveled against me! I have been called a tyrant
(a "Jim Jones"), and I have been called too slack in the way I handle
people. I have been called too "structured," and not "structured"
enough; too tolerant and too intolerant - and on and on and on. What I needed
during this time were enough MATURE Christians to come to handle all
this - Christians like those who rallied around the early apostles in Jerusalem
when this kind of chaos began to break out in the church there:
"And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied,
there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their
widows were neglected in the daily ministration.
"Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them,
and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve
"Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report,
full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.
"But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry
of the word.
"And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen,
a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and
Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch:
"Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid
their hands on them.
"And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied
in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to
the faith." (Acts 6:1-7)
But no one came though I begged on hands and knees
for some to respond.
DON'T PITY THE POOR SOLDIERS
WHO HAVE TRIED AND FAILED
It's all spilled milk now, and there is
no need to dwell too much more on what happened. My hope now is that we all
can learn from our failure up here in Canada, and that some will take up where
those of us who have tried and failed left off; that others will pick up the
burden for Canada and find a spiritual and practical way of
constructing a "way station" here in Canada for those who want to
flee from the United States. I have always believed that people - when they
act in concert with each other - can accomplish much more than when they act
alone. Right now, however, I want to recognize those who "tried and failed"
with me in Canada - who gave their all, and because of that, have nothing
now to be ashamed of:
I want to thank my dear co-worker Sean Mayfield
- my "Timothy in the Lord" - for the heroic effort he made up here,
despite his youth in the Lord; he suffered more from false accusations
than any person his age in the Lord should ever have to suffer. My hope is
that all of this will mature him that much more insofar as the work God has
called him to. I believe that there is much to learn from the tribulation
we suffer in this world. The Bible says that -
"We must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God."
And my hope is that he will come to glory in the
tribulations he suffered up here in Canada, and the wounds that were inflicted
upon him by his so-called "friends" -
"… knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
"And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
"And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad
in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us." (Romans 5:3-5)
Don and Eileen Hansen
I also want to thank Don and Eileen Hansen who
took the chance to "put their good name on the line" up here in
Canada knowing the great risk they were taking financially when they did so.
Words can never express my gratitude to them. Over the last three years or
so Don and Eileen have rode to the rescue of the ranch time and time again,
and doing so by putting their own finances at great risk. They are the kind
of people about whom the Bible said of Joses:
"And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being
interpreted, THE SON OF CONSOLATION), a Levite, and of the country
"Having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it
at the apostles’ feet [for the sake of the work to which they all had been
Truly Don and Eileen have been the son and daughter
of CONSOLATION for us up here in Canada.
I also want to thank my precious son, Jack, who
has remained THE MOST FAITHFUL SERVANT OF ALL with regard to the message
of Antipas. Jack is one of "those hidden ones of the Lord," without
which the work of the Lord could not go forward; one of the very few who is
willing to take the lowest seat at the table (though he deserves much more)
- and doing so without murmuring. I know of a certainty that he is one of
those about whom the Lord remarked:
"When thou art bidden [to a great man's wedding feast], go and sit down
in the lowest place; that when he that bade thee cometh, he may say unto thee,
Friend, go up higher: then shalt thou have worship in the presence of them
that sit at meat with thee.
"For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth
himself shall be exalted." (Luke 14:8-10)
Finally, I want to thank my BELOVED
wife of forty-five years, Lucy. She has been my ONE and ONLY
wife, and I have been her ONE and ONLY husband, something that
not many people can say in this wicked and adulterous generation. She never
flinched in our attempt to get something going up here in Canada. Even after
suffering a massive heart attack and stroke, she still insisted on coming
back to Canada, and in doing so she put to an open shame all those who demurred
from coming because of health reasons. She has always been by my side through
thick and thin, and she has always shown the world what a "HELP MEET"
is really all about. She lived it; she didn't talk about it as so many wives
do, she lived it, and she has lived it to the maximum - and all the while
she has never had a "permanent abode." She knows what it means to
be a PILGRIM in this life; a SOJOURNER - and that's borne out
by the fact that we have lived in more than sixty different locations FOR
THE SAKE OF THE LORD in our forty-five years together. She is one of those
very, very few women who can say with the Lord,
"Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son
of man hath not where to lay his head." (Luke 9:58)
Lucy, more than anyone else, made Antipas Ministries
possible; she did so by working as a registered nurse for more than twenty-five
years while I labored to put "on paper" what the Lord had given
me in my spirit. During most of this time, she and she alone not only put
food on our table, but financed the ministry.
ALL OF THESE PEOPLE I HAVE LISTED ABOVE GAVE
THEIR ALL FOR THIS NOBLE EXPERIMENT HERE IN CANADA. The fact that we failed
in the end means nothing. All of us - Sean, Don, Eileen, Jack, Lucy and I
- can now say with Pete Seeger,
WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW
Don and Eileen are making plans to go to Central
America; Sean is still "up in the air" as to what he is going to
do; Lucy, Jack and I are now in the process of selling the ranch; we will
be moving to Leipzig, Germany where I will continue with the work of the ministry
there - which is first and foremost the publication of the wisdom God has
GRACIOUSLY given me concerning His Word in the "end of days."
In saying that, I'm not trying to be elitist;
but I can tell you that I know of no one else who is saying the things that
I am saying in these "Last Days," and that's just the plain fact
of the matter - and if you are offended by my saying this, so be it. There
are, of course, some who were once part of this ministry; people who over
the years came and went three or four different times, learned from me, and
now are trying to parlay what they learned from me off on an unsuspecting
Christian community. Now, if that's all they were doing, that would be okay;
after all, I am able to say with Paul,
"Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of
"The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add
affliction to my bonds:
"But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defense of the
"What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth,
Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice."
But the problem with many of those who were once
with me and have since left, have left because they could not endure the COMPLETE
message that was delievered into my hands, and have, as a result, watered
it down to suit their own impure sensibilities - especially as those sensibilities
relate to "Coming out of Babylon" in answer to God's call in Revelation
Still, I know of a SURETY what the Lord
has committed into my hands, and I am resolved to be faithful to that which
He has given me in these "Last Days" - even if in the end I am left
totally alone. I am not into this work in order to make it palatable to those
who must swallow the medicine (as it were). What good does it do for a doctor
who must tell a patient that he has cancer of the leg, and that - as a result
- the leg must be amputated. There is no easy way to say such a thing, no
more than there was an easy way for Christ to say:
"And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it
from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish,
and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
"And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from
thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish,
and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell." (Matthew
But it's better for the patient to hear the truth,
and have his life saved by the amputation, than not to hear the truth and
lose his life altogether. That's severe! - but it's the truth. And so I say
to all those who hear this message, and who for one reason or another "water
it down," there will be a reckoning some day! THERE WILL BE A RECKONING!
WE CONTINUE TO NEED YOUR FINANCIAL HELP
Finally, I will continue to need the financial
support of those who are still giving to the ministry in order to transition
the ministry out of North America to Germany. So I say to you, if the spiritual
things that I have ministered unto you have profited you, then please respond
with your material things. As Paul said under similar circumstances so many
"If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing
if we shall reap your carnal things?" (1 Cor. 9:11)
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
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