BUY OIL FOR YOUR LAMPS
WHILE THERE IS STILL TIME

[Part 4 in our series on the buildup
to the Gog / Magog War]

May 12, 2007
By: S.R. Shearer

"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.

Matthew 25:7-10

INTRODUCTION

In the 24th chapter of the Book of Matthew, the disciples questioned Jesus about the "end of days," saying -

"When shall be the sign of thy coming and the end of the world?" (Matthew 24:3)

This is, of course, precisely what many are saying today about the beginning of the Tribulation Period and the start of the Gog / Magog War.

MOVING TOWARD THE ABYSS

There can, of course, be no question that the world is moving quickly in the direction of an explosion in the Middle East - an explosion far beyond the explosions that are presently ripping the area apart.

Indeed, in our last three articles, we took a great deal of time to describe the remorseless pressure that is impinging on America's New World Order System, pushing the US in the direction of war with Iran - a war that will inevitably catapult the world into the hell-hole the Bible refers to as the tribulation period or the "Last Days" (2 Tim 3:1, James 5:3, 2 Peter 3:3).

We followed that information up with additional data cataloging the massive buildup of not only America's conventional forces in the Gulf Region, but also America's nuclear forces - all evidently in anticipation of a coming strike against Iran.

Finally, we detailed the intractable pressure on Israel to strike Iran before Iran is able to arm itself with nuclear weapons, and the concomitant stress being exerted on Iran to react to the Israeli and American threats.

THE AMERICAN EMPIRE IS AT STAKE

The fact is, the continuation of the American New World Order System is at stake in all the maneuvering that's presently going on in the Middle East - and not only there, but in all the scheming and conniving between the war and anti-war factions in the halls of Congress. One should bear in mind that the grip of America's elite on the world centers around US control of the world's oil supplies - AND FOR ONE TO THINK THAT THE U.S. ELITES WOULD ALLOW CONTROL OF THIS "ASSET" TO SLIP OUT OF THEIR HANDS WITHOUT A FIGHT IS NAÏVE AT BEST, AND JUST PLAIN STUPID AT WORST. And by fight, we mean an effort much more brutal and bloody than the one presently being prosecuted in Iraq by the Bush Administration.

One should remember here, it's not he who has the money who always wins (and the U.S. has way more than its share of money), but he who has the guns, and America has the "biggest" and "badest" guns in the world. As I wrote in my last article, "A Very Dangerous Game:"

"The fact is, there is not a military that exists in the world today, including the conventional and nuclear forces of China and Russia, that the U.S. could not cut through in a few days much as a knife would cut through warm butter. [Please see Part 2 (U.S. Military Supremacy) of Chapter XII of the NEW ANTIPAS PAPERS; please also see the following video, "Who Can Make War with the Beast (U.S. Military Might)."]

"The only way the U.S. can be opposed today is by means of an insurgency war, AND THAT WILL CONTINUE TO BE SO ONLY UNTIL THE U.S. SUMMONS UP ITS DEMONS TO PROSECUTE SUCH INSURGENCY WARS THE WAY AN ATTILA THE HUN WOULD DO SO, or in the way it prosecuted its war against Japan and Germany in the Second World War by fire-bombing WHOLE cities such of Hamburg, Dresden and Tokyo, and nuking Hiroshima and Nagasaki. That's TOTAL war - war that targets every man, woman and child in the "enemy" population and turns them into a bull's eye in someone's gun or bomb sight; the kind of war that demands the DEMONIZATION of one's enemy - every man, woman and child."

However, that's a big step (i.e., waging total war) - and it's a step that while most in today's elite are more than willing to take, others in the country are unwilling to opt for - EVEN IF IT MEANS THAT BY NOT TAKING THAT STEP, THE AMERICAN NEW WORLD ORDER SYSTEM MAY UNRAVEL. And there are many in the United States today, both on the Right (for example, Buchanan and his crowd) and the Left (Kucinich and his "ilk") who feel that way.

LOSING CONTROL TO THE RABBLE

Indeed, so powerful have the ANTI-ELITE (and, ipso facto, anti-war) wings of America's two political parties grown that it can fairly be said that the elites are no longer in control of Congress. Their command of Congress (and, ipso facto, the United States) has rested heretofore on the fact that they controlled the "establishment" sections of both the Republican and Democratic Parties, making the United States in reality a one party state - a fact that is today recognized by most commentators and academicians who derisively refer to the adherents of the "establishment" wings in the two parties as "REPUBLOCRATS."

What the "Republocrats" have done is create a political system that denies most ordinary Americans any meaningful say in the direction of the country - from matters relating to trade policy, to shipping jobs overseas to "slave labor" factories in Asia and elsewhere, to immigration, to health policies, to war, etc.

It's a system that pits so-called "liberals" against "conservatives" on social and moral issues - issues that the elites don't really care about - while denying them any say over economic or war making policies, policies designed to aid the wealthy in their never-ending effort to accumulate wealth; a system that very purposefully divides "ordinary Americans" up into relatively weak, perpetually feuding factions; for example, ordinary whites against ordinary blacks, and ordinary whites and blacks against ordinary Hispanics.

NOTE: For example, would you be surprised to learn that elite money flows into both sides of the immigration debate; for instance, Rockefeller and Carnegie money flows into the pro-immigrant side, while Scaife, Pew and Olin funds flow into the anti-immigrant side. And don't think - even for a moment - that there is not a great deal of design here: What the elites are attempting to do - and very successfully, it appears - is to divide "working people" up in a "cat fight" so loud and cacophonous that average, working people can't comprehend the fact that the elites are stealing them blind while they (i.e., ordinary Americans) are busy fighting with one another.

SOME ARE BEGINNING TO "CATCH ON"

But, again, ordinary people are beginning to catch on to what's happening. They are making the connection that Joe Kay has made between the rich in the United States (on the one hand) and the criminality of the American New World Order System (on the other hand). Kay elaborates on the connection:

"An insight into the criminality and arrogance with which the US government carries out wars, assaults democratic rights and rips up the social gains of workers can only be gained through an understanding of the motivations and interests of America’s superrich."

In other words, America's "War against Terror," its new "National Security State," and the continued impoverishing of average workers in the country are connected to the "motivations" and "interests" of America's elites - and ordinary Americans are beginning to make this connection. As a result, power is hemorrhaging away from the "establishment" (i.e., elite) wings of America's two political parties.

In the Republican Party, this means that power is shifting away from the old Reagan branch of the party controlled by people such as McCain, Forbes, Giuliani, Romney, etc. (where ambivalence toward social issues predominate) into the hands of the Buchanan wing where social issues count and defending the prerogatives of empire for the elites is anathema - and it is for this precise reason that most Republican voters show little or no interest in the present slate of Republican Party candidates for the 2008 election, all of which are "establishment" picks.

In the Democratic Party that means that power is shifting away from DLC-types such as Clinton and her ilk into the hands of the radical left as epitomized by those who gather themselves around "MoveOn.org."

IN THE PROCESS, THE ELITES ARE IN GRAVE DANGER OF LOSING OUT TO WHAT THEY CONSIDER TO BE THE RABBLE. [Please see our article, "Buchanan: Revealing the Secrets of the Lodge;" it's an old article, but one that is still prescient.]

THE NEW GILDED AGE

C. Wright Mills of Columbia University cautions, however, that to believe the elites will ever let that happen is insane. The elites are simply too powerful today to ever let that occur - indeed, they are far more powerful today than they ever were in the so-called "Gilded Age." Mills describes the kind of power we're talking about here:

"By the powerful we mean those who are able to realize their will even if others resist it."

Now that's heavy! That's very heavy! It's in this vein that F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote:

"Let me tell you about the very rich; they are different from you and me."

To which David Walsh - speaking about today's elite - quips:

"Fitzgerald could not have imagined how different 'from you and me' the very rich would become in America eight decades later."

For example, in just one year, oil executive Lee Raymond received $400 million in a retirement package; the 2005 compensation of bank chairman Richard Fairbank totaled some $280 million; Omid Korestani, head of Google’s global sales, exercised stock options providing him with $288 million last year.

And that's not all. An article in Institutional Investor’s Alpha magazine reports that the 25 highest-paid hedge-fund managers in the US had an average annual income of $540 million in 2006, with the top three pulling in over $1 billion each. The average among them earned nearly $1.5 million a day, every day, for the entire year—or over $1,000 every minute.

This kind of wealth accumulation makes even the wealth accumulation of people such as Rockefeller, duPont, Ford, and Carnegie one-hundred years ago look like small potatoes - even when their accumulated wealth is adjusted for a century's worth of inflation.

THESE ARE THE OBSCENELY RICH

Kay elaborates on what's been going on:

"USA Today published its annual report on CEO pay April 10, based on data collected by eComp Data Services. The analysis included a chart of the compensation doled out to chief executives at 240 of the country’s largest companies, where total compensation included direct salary, bonuses, incentives, gains from exercised stock options, and the value of newly issued stock options. Not all top companies are included in the survey. The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times published separate analyses of the figures.

"The newspaper found that six of these CEOs took home over $100 million in 2005. At the top of the list was Richard Fairbank, the chairman and CEO of Capital One Financial, which recently announced plans for an acquisition of North Fork Bancorporation, part of a general consolidation in the banking sector. Fairbank exercised stock options that brought him nearly $250 million, giving him a total compensation of $280 million. 'His personal haul', USA Today noted, 'exceeded the annual profits of more than 550 Fortune 1000 companies, including Goodyear Tire & Rubber, Reebok and Pier 1'.”

"Capital One’s acquisition of North Fork created a stir of controversy last month when it was revealed that the head of North Fork, John Kanas, will get a $135 million payout if the deal goes through, including $44 million to reimburse Kanas for personal income taxes. All told, top executives at North Fork will receive in the neighborhood of $350 million as a result of being bought up by Capital One.

"The other executives at large companies breaking the $100 million mark were KB Home’s Bruch Karatz ($164 million), Cendant’s Harry Silverman ($133 million), Lehman Brothers’ R.S. Fuld Jr. ($119 million), Genentech’s Arthur Levinson ($109 million) and Occidental Petroleum’s Ray Irani ($106 million)."

Walsh states the obvious:

"The sums that the very wealthy have at their disposal in the US are almost unimaginable."

Welsh then goes on to describe the kind of world all this wealth accumulation has created for the very rich; it's -

"An insulated world of immense wealth never before seen in the United States … The number of Americans with assets of $1 million or more reached 7.5 million in 2004, according to a survey conducted by the Spectrem Group. Beyond that, however, are those who possess 'Ultra High Net Worth' (a mellifluous term invented by Merrill Lynch circa 2001): individuals in households with $5 million or more in net worth.

"In a country of 300 million people, the UHNW form a very small percentage of the population, but a not insignificant number in absolute terms. ECONOMIC, POLITICAL AND CULTURAL LIFE IN AMERICA IS TO AN ENORMOUS EXTENT ORGANIZED FOR THEIR BENEFIT."

Kay sums up:

"This is a portrait of an aristocracy of wealth that is unlike any other period in American history. A tiny layer of society—the top one-tenth, or even one-hundredth or one-thousandth percent of the population—has amassed unimaginable wealth while wages for the majority of the population, in the US and internationally, continue to stagnate or decline."

NOTE: While pay for CEOs is rising by double-digit percentage points every year, wages for average workers are falling behind inflation, meaning that real wages are declining. Based on Bureau of Labor Statistics data indicating an average salary of about $28,000 for a production worker, these CEOs earn on the order of 400 times the pay of ordinary Americans.

The argument is often advanced that companies cannot afford to pay high wages or benefits to workers—who can be replaced with workers in lower wage countries—even as tens of millions of dollars are routinely doled out to top executives, whose skills are supposedly irreplaceable. Treasury Secretary John Snow recently explicitly defended the pay of CEOs on the basis that their salaries were the product of efficient market forces of supply and demand. “In an aggregate sense,” he said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal published March 20, “it reflects the marginal productivity of CEOs.”

The fact is, however, most of these men are men of only average intelligence; they sparkle, as it were, in only one area: their cunning ability to "beggar their neighbors," impoverish their workers, and otherwise acquire wealth in a giant "zero sum game" - and this is what Treasury Secretary John Snow calls being "productive?" This is what makes them 400 times better than average workers? - I don't think so! Perhaps 400 times crueler, 400 times more ruthless, 400 times more nefarious, amoral and depraved; but not 400 times better.

THERE IS NOTHING NOBLE ABOUT
HOW THIS ELITE ACQUIRED ITS WEALTH

The fact is, contrary to the mythology pushed on average Americans by the media, very few in today's elite acquired their wealth by working hard for it. Kay asks:

"What have these individuals done to justify their incomes? In a word, NOTHING."

Walsh explains:

"By and large, the fabulously wealthy have derived their fortunes from … semi-automatic economic and social processes associated with the lowering of living standards for millions in the US and the super-exploitation of masses of people in impoverished countries in other parts of the world.

"THEY ARE NOT STARTLING OR OUTSTANDING IN ANY FASHION, EXCEPT PERHAPS IN THE DEPTH OF THEIR OVERWEENING GREED AND SHORTSIGHTEDNESS." [Exactly what we indicated in our "note" above.]

A SELFISH, MEAN-SPIRITED
ARISTOCRACY OF IMMENSE WEALTH

Walsh says that what all this ill-gotten wealth has produced is -

"… a type of aristocracy in America which has more than one feature in common with the ancien régime that presided over pre-revolutionary France. This vast accumulation of wealth at one pole of society is incompatible, in the long run, with even the trappings of democracy. THE SUPER-RICH OWN EVERYTHING IN THE US, INCLUDING THE POLITICAL PARTIES AND THE POLITICAL PROCESS. They allow the population to vote at this point, more or less. But for how long? As resistance to the policies of the elite mounts and the two-party monopoly threatens to crumble, why should the riffraff be permitted a say in such important affairs as elections?"

Kay continues:

"Few things expose the real character of [today's] American society and politics more clearly than the extraordinary and ever-increasing level of inequality, the accumulation of vast, almost incomprehensible, sums of wealth in the hands of a relatively small group of people. THE UNITED STATES IS A COUNTRY IN WHICH THE ENTIRE CORPORATE AND POLITICAL STRUCTURE IS DOMINATED BY ONE OVERARCHING DRIVE: THE PERSONAL ENRICHMENT OF A NARROW OLIGARCHY.

"This is not simply obscene or unjust, it is socially irrational and immensely destructive. How is it possible to allocate resources, repair and renew the infrastructure, carry out any type of long-term economic planning, cure any social ills, when the official guiding principle is the ability of an oligarchic elite to accumulate ever-greater personal wealth? THE GRAVITATIONAL PULL OF SUCH WEALTH ASSERTS ITSELF IN EVERY ASPPECT OF LIFE."

THE NEED TO DRAW THE LINE

Very obviously, this stingy, greedy, self-serving aristocracy of immense wealth is not one that will go silently into "that good night" - and while their individual greed makes it difficult for them to get along with anyone, even their peers, they will most certainly band together when their common interests are challenged. C. Wright Mills explains:

"There is a mutual interest among them - although this often becomes clear to them … only at the point at which THEY FEEL THE NEED TO DRAW THE LINE; ONLY WHEN, IN THEIR COMMON DEFENSE, THEY COME TO UNDERSTAND WHAT THEY HAVE IN COMMON, and so close their ranks against outsiders."

That's when the elites resort to assassinations and/or "manufactured terror incidents" designed to push the "dumb" masses in directions that will benefit the elites' hold on power.

Naturally enough, it is very difficult for most Americans - even many who have been regular readers of this website - to fully grasp the utter DEPRAVITY of the elites when it comes to holding power, and the cavalier manner in which they resort to these kinds of machinations. It fairly boggles the imagination, even when the facts are laid clearly on the table.

POLITICAL ASSASSINATIONS ABROAD

Nevertheless, the facts are certainly there for anyone's perusal. Take, for example, the matter of political assassination; that political assassinations (or the threat of assassination) have been used to great effect in the pursuit of the elites' objectives abroad is made apparent by an abbreviated list of prominent foreign individuals compiled by William Blum that the U.S. has targeted for assassination since the end of World War II (some successfully, some not successfully):

1949

Kim Koo, Korean opposition leader.

1950s CIA/Neo-Nazi hit list of numerous political figures in West Germany.
1950s Chou En-lai, Prime minister of China, several attempts on his life.
1950s Sukarno, President of Indonesia.
1951 Kim Il Sung, Premier of North Korea.
1950s Claro M. Recto, Philippines opposition leader
1955 Jawaharlal Nehru, Prime Minister of India
1957 Gamal Abdul Nasser, President of Egypt
1959 Norodom Sihanouk, leader of Cambodia
1960 Brig. Gen. Abdul Karim Kassem, leader of Iraq
1950s-70s José Figueres, President of Costa Rica, two attempts on his life
1961 Francois "Papa Doc" Duvalier, leader of Haiti
1961 Patrice Lumumba, Prime Minister of the Congo (Zaire)
1961 Gen. Rafael Trujillo, leader of Dominican Republic
1963 Ngo Dinh Diem, President of South Vietnam
1960s Fidel Castro, President of Cuba, many attempts on his life
1960s Raúl Castro, high official in government of Cuba
1965 Francisco Caamaño, Dominican Republic opposition leader
1965-6 Charles de Gaulle, President of France
1967 Che Guevara, Cuban leader
1970 Salvador Allende, President of Chile
1970 Gen. Rene Schneider, Commander-in-Chief of Army, Chile
1970s, '81 General Omar Torrijos, leader of Panama
1972 General Manuel Noriega, Chief of Panama Intelligence
1975 Mobutu Sese Seko, President of Zaire
1976 Michael Manley, Prime Minister of Jamaica
1980-'86 Muammar Qaddafi, leader of Libya, several attempts upon his life
1982 Ayatollah Khomeini, leader of Iran
1983 Gen. Ahmed Dlimi, Moroccan Army commander
1983 Miguel d'Escoto, Foreign Minister of Nicaragua
1984 The nine comandantes of the Sandinista National Directorate
1985 Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, Lebanese Shiite leader (80 people killed in the attempt)
1991 Saddam Hussein, leader of Iraq

[This list does not include several assassinations in various parts of the world carried out by anti-Castro Cubans employed by the CIA and headquartered in the United States.]

POLITICAL ASSASSINATIONS AT HOME

Now while there are many ordinary Americans who are prepared to believe that the elites might practice murder and assassination outside the borders of the "homeland," few are prepared to believe that such is the case inside the U.S. border.

But who in their right mind can deny the fact that the elites have indeed resorted to political assassination and murder to silence their opponents in the U.S., or to "kill off" those political leaders who refused to "toe the line" or who decided to oppose them on matters they considered to be critical to their interests. The list is endless: JFK, RFK, Martin Luther King, Jr., etc. [Please see our articles, "MK-Ultra and the Search for the Manchurian Candidate" and "The Utility of Police Brutality in the Elite's War against the Poor."]

LESSER KNOWN CASES:
HALE BOGGS & NICK BEGICH

But the list of those the elites have "killed off" does not confine itself to these well-known cases. It extends well beyond them to men and women of much less prominence, AND INDICATES HOW CAVALIERLY THE ELTES RESORT TO MURDER WHEN THEIR INTERESTS ARE CHALLENGED.

We have previously described the case of Gary Webb who linked the CIA to the drug epidemic in the United States. [Please see our article, "The Death of Gary Webb."] But there is more, much more; for example there is the long-forgotten case of Hale Boggs and Nick Begich; Boggs was a member of the Warren Commission that had investigated the assassination of JFK; he had developed deep reservations regarding the findings of the Commission and had decided to go public with his misgivings. Jim Fetzer, a professor in the philosophy department at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, describes what happened to Boggs as a result:

"On October 16, 1972, just weeks before national elections, two Democratic Congressmen were killed in a mysterious plane crash. Thomas Hale Boggs, Sr. was the Majority leader of the House of Representatives at the time. Congressman Nick Begich of Alaska was with him in the plane. Their bodies were never found. Congressman Boggs had been involved with the Warren Commission investigating the Kennedy assassination." [For the exact details regarding this assassination, please see Fetzer's book, American Assassinations.]

PAUL WELLSTONE & MEL CARNAHAN

And there are many other cases; take the more recent cases of Paul Wellstone and Mel Carnahan: Fetzer elaborates on their political assassinations:

"Most people are not aware of how two strange deaths dramatically changed the balance of power in US government for two recent years. Democratic Senate candidate Mel Carnahan died in a private plane crash on Oct. 16, 2000, just three weeks before the 2000 elections. Mr. Carnahan went on to win the race as a dead man against his rival John Ashcroft (who went on to become appointed the U.S. Attorney General!).

"Carnahan's wife was appointed to fill his position, but as she was appointed rather than elected, her Senate term was limited to two years rather than the normal six. She lost her 2002 race to her Republican opponent.

"On Oct. 24, 2002, just two weeks before the 2002 elections, Democratic Senate candidate Paul Wellstone was killed in a plane crash. His wife died with him. Wellstone had been projected to win the election.

"His Republican rival went on to take the Senate seat.

"There are many suspicious circumstances surrounding Wellstone's death.

"The balance in the Senate for years 2002 to 2004 was 51 Republicans, 48 Democrats, and one independent. If both Wellstone and Carnahan had not been killed, and Wellstone had gone on as projected to win his race, the balance would have been 50 Democrats, 49 Republicans, and one independent. This would have significantly changed what happened in Congress and in the US, where the presidency and both houses of Congress were Republican controlled over those two years.

"Isn't it quite a coincidence that these two Democratic candidates both died in plane crashes only two years apart, both just weeks before the elections? It's even more of a coincidence that both were very progressive Democrats. Wellstone was often labeled the most progressive member of the Senate. As a National Review article stated, "Probably no other member of the Senate had been on the losing side of more 99-1 or 98-2 votes. None had voted more consistently against the Bush administration.

"And even more strange is the fact that no one in the media has discussed these highly strange coincidences.

"I realize that what I am implying here is very serious … Yet it is also vitally important that we expose the hidden agendas of those who would place their own selfish interests above the interests of all people of our nation and world … By exposing the facts and the truth, we are building a better world for ourselves and our children." [For an account of the many political assassinations that have occurred in the United States, and the precise details surrounding them, please see Jim Fetzer's book, American Assassinations, the Strange Death of Senator Paul Wellstone.]

DON'T BE NAÏVE ABOUT SUCH THINGS

And one should note that all this is but a very small compilation of what's been happening in the interests of elite power in the United States for years and years now.

Americans are very stupid (or at least very naïve) with regard to these matters - for while they are more than prepared to believe that such things occur on a regular basis in other countries, they are not prepared to believe such things happen in the United States, as if Americans are somehow or other "above such things." They are not. Their humanity is every bit as depraved as the humanity that is extant in Europe or any other continent.

The Bible says, "ALL have sinned and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23) - and it means it; there are no exceptions. And this is DOUBLY so insofar as the rich are concerned. The Bible says:

"They that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, WHICH DROWN MEN IN DESTRUCTION AND PERDITION." (1 Tim. 6:9)

THE QUESTION THAT ARISES OUT OF ALL THIS

The question that arises out of all this is, Given the VENAL and PUTRID character of the American elites, and the ABHORRENCE of these same elites to relinquish power - and, ipso facto, their ill-gotten wealth - How long will they wait before taking matters into their own hands insofar as the Middle East is concerned? HOW LONG WILL THEY LINGER BEFORE DRAWING THE LINE, as C. Wright Mills puts it?

How long will they wait "as resistance to their policies mount and their two-party monopoly threatens to crumble - permitting … the riffraff a say in the important affairs of the state?" [David Walsh's words.]

HOW LONG WILL THEY WAIT BEFORE FORCING A "CHRISTO-FASCIST" STATE ON THE COUNTRY that would permit them to take decisive action against their opponents? In this connection, one should keep in mind that it is only through such a state that the U.S. elites can justify the kind of BLOODY and BRUTAL war that it will take to crush its populist opponents in the world - not only its Islamic opponents in the Middle East, but its socialist opponents in Latin America (and elsewhere throughout the world), and its Leftist opponents here in this country.

Obviously, the longer they wait, the more they will see their political power ebb away in the direction of their hated enemies on the Left, the big government advocates given to anti-war rhetoric and socialist remedies that are anathema to the elites and which impinge on their ability to hold on to their wealth through the use of BRUTE force.

HOW CLOSE?

How long will they wait? - which is, of course, the same thing as asking the question we asked ourselves originally, How close are we to the end?

Well, THAT'S ANYONE'S GUESS: The fact is, the Prophetic Scriptures are indefinite on this matter. The only thing that we can know for sure is this: the Tribulation Period will begin with the signing of a Defense Pact between Israel and the United States on the eve of the Gog / Magog War - a Defense Pact aimed against the forces of Radical Islam. [Please see Chapter XV in the NEW ANTIPAS PAPERS, "The Gog / Magog War."]

It's precisely this one single event that will initiate the "beginning of the end," as it were; in addition, it will signal the presence of Antichrist on the world stage - for it is he that the Scriptures tell us will "cause this treaty to prevail." [Please see Chapter IX of the NEW ANTIPAS PAPERS, "The Course and Character of the Last Days."]

Beyond this, however, we can take note of -

  • The presence of the U.S. army on the shores of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers (something that would have seemed inconceivable to earlier students of the Prophetic Scriptures).

  • The growing presence of American naval forces in the Gulf.

  • The stockpiling of U.S. nuclear weapons in the region.

  • The explosion of Radical Islam in the Middle East as a result of the War in Iraq - a force that is clearly aimed at the presence of both Israel and the United States in the region (please see Chapter XV in the NEW ANTIPAS PAPERS, "The Gog / Magog War).

  • The fact that Turkey and Egypt are giving evidence that they may soon be submerged by the forces of Radical Islam.

  • The fact that Israel is coming very, very close to the point when she must make a decision as to whether or not she is going to strike Iran or risk a future looking down the nuclear gun barrel of a people hell bent for her destruction.

  • And finally, and perhaps most importantly, the by now explosive impatience of the American elites for action against their opponents not only in the Middle East and elsewhere throughout the world, but in this country as well.

WHERE IS THE PROMISE OF HIS COMING?
THINGS CONTINUE AS THEY ALWAYS HAVE

Taking all these facts together, is it such a "big thing" for us to say that we are living on the edge of the abyss? And if that's the case, what should we say to all those Christians who seem to be WILLINGLY ignorant of this fact? - who live, as it were, as if things will go on as they always have.

But that's exactly what so many Christians in the United States are doing today - EVEN MANY ASSOCIATED WITH ANTIPAS MINISTRIES. And it is so easy for them to do so; it's so simple for them to fall back on the kind of thinking Peter said would take hold on many in the church in the "latter days;" people whose manner of living reveals the fact that they are saying with their hearts if not with their lips:

"Where is the promise of his coming? for … all things continue as they always have been." (2 Peter 2:4)

Is this what you are saying in your heart as you mow your lawn on a pleasant summer evening, go to the mall to purchase a new dress or presents for your children or grandchildren, sip cappuccino at Starbucks, etc.? I know that you would probably never admit it openly; but still, is this what you're saying in your heart?

If that's your case, you should know that you are close to "making shipwreck" of your faith (1 Timothy 1:19). You are close to being numbered with the kind of people the Apostle Peter said are WILLINGLY IGNORANT (2 Peter 2:5) regarding the times they are living in; with those who take advantage of the Lord's "… longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." (2 Peter 2:9)

Now think about that! - "WILLINGLY ignorant;" "TAKING ADVANTAGE" of the Lord's longsuffering. That's heavy! Is that what you're doing? I know many in the ministry (to say nothing of the wider Christian community) who are doing just that.

HOPING AGAINST HOPE FOR
A DEMOCRATIC INTERREGNUM

These are the people who are cognizant of the fact that at some point a "CHRISTO-FASCIST" state will take hold on the United States - but these are also the very same people who hope against hope that it won't be during Bush's tenure as president. These are the people who see the predicament that Bush and his neo-con allies are in insofar as the War in Iraq is concerned, AND REJOICE FOR IT if only because it augurs for a Democratic interregnum - an interregnum that will give them a little more "play time" before the end.

These are the kind of people who see God's gift of time to them not so much as an expanded opportunity to serve the Lord in a meaningful way, but as an opportunity to let the "good times roll." That may not be the case, of course, in the poverty-stricken nations of Uganda, or Chad, or Ghana where our beloved brother Eugene is laboring for the Lord, but it certainly is true of many Christians in the United States.

SALON RADICALS

Yes! - they know that the elites will have to move quickly insofar as the American New World Order System is concerned in Iraq; they know that sooner or later, war will break out in the Middle East. But the question is, What is meant by the word "SOON?" Does it mean a matter of months? - this summer perhaps? Does it mean that "the powers that be" will risk a short Democratic interregnum? - which might buy them an additional four years? Maybe even eight years? What does "SOON" mean?

THIS IS THE KIND OF DISCUSSION THAT "SALON RADICALS" LIKE TO ENGAGE THEMSELVES IN; people like those two twits, Hymenaeus and Alexander, who want to preach a radical message while living a quiet, suburban life. "ARMCHAIR RADICALS." That's what they are! IDIOTS and DOLTS who think that God will "whisper in their ears" when it's time to do something really radical - as if they could hear God whispering in their ears when they can't hear Him shouting at them now. NINCOMPOOPS! NINNIES! DUNCES! - that's what they are; people who are like that very stupid and naïve sister who wrote to me once and said:

“Some of us will never leave the U.S. for a variety of reasons, but do not dismiss us for that because our faith is strong and true. We may not be doing all we can to testify in the streets now, but I sense our time has not arrived yet. At this point, not many will listen and we will be branded as insane. The time will come, however, when many people will be hungry for what we have to say and they will listen, and the Lord will use us in a mighty way."

I suppose, that she - like Hymenaeus and Alexander - are waiting for "God to whisper in their ears." But come on now! - who is she kidding? If she can't preach the Gospel of the Kingdom now when it is still relatively safe to do so, by what measure of sanity does she think she will be able to preach the Gospel when it will cost her and her daughter their lives. THIS IS INSANITY. Such people really do deserve the appellation of "ARMCHAIR RADICALS," or better yet, NINCOMPOOPS!

SUDDENLY, AS A THIEF IN THE NIGHT

It is precisely upon these "ARMCHAIR RADICALS" that the Scriptures say the "end" will come -

"… SUDDENLY as a thief in the night." (2 Peter 2:10)

OR, more to the point,

"… as travail upon a woman with child …" (1 Thess. 5:3)

The woman should have known that this travail was coming; she should have known that she was very close "to the end" - after all, by the ninth month her body would have surely betrayed how close to the end she was. To ignore one's condition at that point is truly to be WILLINGLY ignorant - AND I AM AFRAID THIS IS WHAT IS HAPPENING TO CHRISTIANS IN THE COUNTRY - EVEN MANY ASSOCIATED WITH ANTIPAS MINISTRIES.

They betray their WILLING ignorance by the fact that they choose NOT to take any MEANINGFUL action with regard to the knowledge they possess. And what's worse, THEY ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO DO THE SAME, if not by their specific words, then by their failure to take meaningful action.

These are the people who run the very grave risk of being dismissed PERMANENTLY from the Lord's service. These are the people who will be TAKEN AWAY by a thief in the night - where there will be "weeping and gnashing of teeth." (Matthew 22:13, Matthew 25:30 and Luke 13:28)

GOD FORBID THAT THIS
SHOULD HAPPEN TO YOU

God forbid that you should be dismissed PERMANENTLY from the Lord's service. And I somberly warn you, Don't think that this can't happen to you. The Bible says:

"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 foolish.

"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 to us.

"But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I KNOW YOU NOT." (Matthew 25:1-12)

Now note carefully here: ALL were called VIRGINS - and that by the Lord Himself. In other words, all were Christians. But five were wise, and five were foolish. The wise had evidently BOUGHT oil for their lamps; they had been out in the streets working to fill their lamps with oil. The five foolish virgins, however, had evidently not done anything.

And then suddenly the Bridegroom appeared, and the fact that the five foolish virgins had done nothing to fill their lamps with oil became apparent. They thought that the five wise virgins would share their oil with them - but they said, "NOT SO!" - go and "BUY FOR YOURSELVES." And so they went out in utter desperation to do so. BUT IT WAS TOO LATE! - the Bible says "THE DOOR WAS SHUT!" And to make matters worse, when they begged to get in, the Lord said, go your way, "I KNOW YOU NOT!"

Of course, I know that Hymenaeus and Alexander will say that that won't happen to you; that the Lord will "whisper in your ear" and tell you when He is coming so that you will have time to "buy oil for your lamps." BUT THAT'S NOT WHAT THE SCRIPTURES SAY!

THE ANTIPAS TRAINING

Brothers and sisters, I tell you the truth when I say - YOU SHOULD USE WHATEVER TIME IS LEFT TO YOU TO "BUY OIL FOR YOUR LAMPS." Don't get caught up in the inane speculation of whether or not we have two years before the beginning of the Tribulation Period, or four years, or six years or even eight years. Take the opportunity now to go into the streets to "buy oil for your lamps."

Now be sure, that's not going to be easy! Why? - because every fiber of your "natural self" will rebel at the thought. It's too scary! It's too hard! And where would I begin? BUT BELIEVE ME WHEN I TELL YOU THAT WE WANT TO HELP. GOD FORBID THAT WE SHOULD TELL YOU THE TRUTH ABOUT THE "END OF DAYS" WITHOUT TELLING YOU HOW TO GET THROUGH THEM.

That's why we have been laboring so hard to REVAMP the Antipas Training. As we said in our introduction to the new training:

"The Antipas Training is being totally revamped and overhauled to reflect what I now feel MUST be the real goal of the training: ASSISTING THOSE DARING FEW WHO POSSESS THE COURAGE TO INVOLVE THEMSELVES IN THE PROCLAMATION OF THE 'GOSPEL (or GOOD NEWS) OF THE KINGDOM' to ALL the world.

"It is precisely this Gospel (i.e., the 'Gospel of the KINGDOM') that has been vouchsafed to our particular generation in these 'last days' (Matthew 24:14) together with the concomitant obligation to proclaim it to all the world - specifically, the coming of Christ's KINGDOM to earth, a KINGDOM that is grounded in social justice for ALL mankind; a world of equity where men are not divided up between the 'owners of capital"' on the one hand and 'labor' on the other hand, and where men and women are not divided up on the basis of their race or even their gender (Gal. 3:28); where the rich do not oppress the poor; where every man has equal access to God; where privileges cannot be bought by the wealthy; where there are no death squads, no poverty, no torture, no hunger, no disease, and no room for oppressors of any kind. [For those not conversant with what the Bible means by the use of this phrase (i.e., "Gospel of the Kingdom"), we urge you to see our article, 'The Good News of the Coming Kingdom'; please also see our 'Statement of Faith'.]"

WE URGE YOU TO SIGN UP FOR THE TRAINING NOW! Buy oil for your lamp while there is still time!

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God bless you all,

S.R. Shearer
Antipas Ministries

P.S. WE CONTINUE TO NEED YOUR FINANCIAL HELP, even though we are no longer in Canada. The needs of the ministry are very great at this time, especially as we begin to transition the ministry out of North America to Germany - an effort that will take a great deal of time and money.

Unfortunately, however, the giving to the ministry has almost dried up - as if our financial need had been connected to Canada, and now that we are no longer there, we don't need outside help. If you are laboring under this false assumption, then I urge you to disassociate yourself from it. The needs of the ministry are very great, and the present-day giving to the ministry has diminished to the vanishing point even though our readers have greatly increased.

So I say to you, if the spiritual treasures that we have ministered unto you have profited you, then please respond with your material treasures. As Paul said under similar circumstances so many years ago:

"IF WE HAVE SOWN UNTO YOU SPIRITUAL THINGS, IS IT A GREAT THING IF WE SHALL REAP YOUR CARNAL (MATERIAL) THINGS?" (1 Cor. 9:11)


 

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