AS THE DAYS OF NOAH WERE,
SO SHALL ALSO THE COMING
OF THE SON OF MAN BE

[IMPORTANT]

May 11, 2008
By: S.R. Shearer

"Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet [i.e. of things to come], moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith."

Hebrews 11:7

INTRODUCTION

As I look around today - even among those who are biblically oriented and seem to genuinely grasp what's happening insofar as the unfolding events of the "end of the age" are concerned - I am UTTERLY appalled at how ill-prepared people are both psychologically and spiritually for what awaits them. There seems to be no way to get through to people; to convince them that NOW is the time for action; not tomorrow, nor the next day, nor the day after that.

Most Christians today seem to be helpless prisoners of the "here and now," and though from time to time they may be "discomposed" by a particular calamity or series of events that augurs for the "end of the age," once the commotion of the event dies down, they tend to gravitate back to their old habits of doing things and their old ways of thinking. Isn't that exactly what's happened since the destruction of New Orleans by Katrina, and the 9.2 temblor in the Indian Ocean in 2005? - events that killed 300,000 people in south Asia, and destroyed one of America's premier cities. [Please see our article, "Fearful Sights and Great Signs from Heaven."]

These are all "forgotten" incidents now; we have used the ensuing calm as an excuse to "write-off" these events as "accidents of nature," and in doing so we have evinced disdain for what this calm has been really all about: that it was meant to give us time to "come to repentance." (Romans 2:4); time to take MEANINGFUL action with regard to the Prophetic Scriptures.

Sadly, however, that's not what's happening; instead, Christians are making light of the events of 2005 - if not so much in word, than in deed; and in doing so, revealing themselves to be "those SCOFFERS" (2 Peter 3:3) about whom the Apostle Peter said would come in the "last days" -

"… walking after their own lusts,

"And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.

"For this they WILLINGLY are ignorant …" (2 Peter 3:3-5)

The Bible calls these people "Brute beasts" (cf. 2 Pet. 2:12) who "… despise [or reject] the riches of God's goodness and forbearance and longsuffering …" (Romans 2:4), and who spurn God's reluctance to bring judgment on them (cf. 2 Peter 3:9). Fools! - who -

"… after the hardness and impenitence of their hearts … are storing up unto themselves indignation ..." (Romans 2:4-5)

A NEW ROUND OF "NATURAL DISASTERS"

Now a new round of disasters may be starting - beginning with the 5.2 temblor in the Midwest in and around the New Madrid Fault - a fault that produced a magnitude 12 earthquake in the Mississippi valley some 200 years ago; one that rang church bells as far east as Boston. And as if to punctuate the importance of what's happening in the Midwest, an unusual "swarm" of temblors has been occurring near Reno, Nevada - a series of bizarre events that seems to add an exclamation mark to the urgency of what's going on in the Mississippi Valley. Reporting on this "swarm" of seismic events, the Nevada Seismological Laboratory issued a statement that read:

"The persistence of this particular earthquake sequence [near Reno] IS VERY WORRYING."

And it should be! GOD IS, AS IT WERE, BENDING OVER THE PARAPET OF HEAVEN AND FRANTICALLY TRYING TO SHAKE US OUT OF OUR COMPLACENCY WITH REGARD TO WHAT'S ABOUT TO OCCUR. "Hurry! Hurry!" That’s what the Lord is trying to say to us! Pay attention to what's happening. Pay attention to these "signs." Indeed, it was about these specific kind of "signs" that Jesus said:

"… When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red.

"And in the morning, It will be foul weather today: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not DISCERNTHE SIGNS OF THE TIMES?" (Matthew 16:2-3)

AS IN THE DAYS OF NOAH

Brothers and sisters! - we are being called today to "DISCERN THE SIGNS OF THE TIMES" (Matthew 16:3) and TO RE-ORDER OUR PRIORITIES in the light of these "signs." (cf. Luke 21:11) Those activities that seem to be normal and necessary under ordinary circumstances may no longer count for anything, even relatively important matters such as -

"… eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage …" (Matthew 24:38)

These were the things that ordinary people thought were important before the Flood - while all the time they should have been doing what Noah was doing: Preparing an ark for themselves. But what Noah was doing seemed so irrational: He was building a giant boat for himself on DRY GROUND, with no means of getting it to water. What a seemingly foolish thing that God had commanded him to do; but Noah counted the -

"… foolishness of God to be wiser than the wisdom of men …" (1 Cor. 1:25)

SPECIAL SIGNIFICANCE FOR US TODAY

The Bible says that what Noah did so many thousands of years ago HAS SPECIAL IMPORTANCE FOR US TODAY; specifically, the Bible says:

"As the days of Noe [Noah] were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be." (Matthew 24:37)

That's significant; that's very significant: "As the days of Noe [Noah] were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be." (Matthew 24:37) There's a parallel between what happened then, and what is about to happen today; and we can begin to discover that parallel when we study Hebrews 11:7:

"Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet [i.e. of things to come], moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith." (Hebrews 11:7)

There are five distinct parts to this passage of Scripture:

  1. "Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet [i.e. of things to come]."

  2. "Moved with fear."

  3. "Prepared an ark to the saving of his house."

  4. "By the which he condemned the world."

  5. "And became heir of the righteousness which is by faith."

PART 1: "BEING WARNED
OF GOD OF THINGS NOT SEEN"

Now pay attention here: The passage begins with the words, "Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet …" Now, come on here! Listen up! Are we not being warned today of things "not yet seen;" of "things to come?" Certainly we are. That's what the Prophetic Scriptures are all about; and that's what the "SIGNS OF THE TIMES" that Jesus spoke of in Matthew 16:2-3 are all about - and we speak here specifically of the earthquakes and hurricanes of 2005, and the swarm of temblors that are even now rocking Nevada and the Midwest - to say nothing of the unusual throng of tornadoes that are even now plaguing the country.

AND THERE APPEARS TO BE MORE SUCH "SIGNS" COMING. For example, take the portentous re-emergence of a mammoth volcano in southern Chile - a volcano that has been dormant for over a thousand years; and not only that, there is the recent spate of temblors that have ominously cropped up in the Pacific Northwest, evoking fears that the Cascadia Subduction Zone is once again becoming active.

An earthquake about as strong as the one that struck the Indian Ocean in 2005 hit Cascadia (i.e., the Pacific Northwest) in 1700; such a quake today would submerge Seattle and the surrounding area in the sea. The quake in 1700 did just that, only the city of Seattle wasn't there at the time. Today millions and millions of people live in the area.

Dr. Michael Reichle, California’s acting state geologist, and Dr. Bruce Jaffe, a research oceanographer and tsunami expert with the U.S. Geological Survey in Santa Cruz, believe the Cascadia Fault may be about ready to "slip" again - and that's what the current spate of temblors in the area is all about. All this to say nothing of the massive hurricane in Burma (Myanmar) - a hurricane that some estimate has killed more than 100,000 people - once again giving evidence that something very unusual is happening with the Earth's weather patterns. [Again, please see our article, "Fearful Sights and Great Signs from Heaven."]

PART 2: "MOVED WITH FEAR"

FEAR GOD

Hebrews 11:7 continues with the words, "Noah, being MOVED with fear."

Think about that! - should we also not be "MOVED WITH FEAR" today? We should be! Believe me, brothers and sisters in the Lord, there is nothing inappropriate with FEARING the Lord. Indeed, the Bible says:

"The FEAR of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom ..." (Psalm 111:10)

And Luke 1:50 says:

"His mercy is on them that FEAR HIM from generation to generation." (Luke 1:50)

Finally, there are the frightening words of Jesus Himself:

"Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.

"But I will fore-warn you whom ye should fear: FEAR HIM, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, FEAR HIM." (Luke 12:4-5) [And be clear here, only God has the power to cast into hell.]

Fear motivates! Motivates us to do what? To MOVE! (Hebrews 11:7) In other words, TO TAKE ACTION!

The very real fact of the matter is, the failure of Christians to take MEANINGFUL action today with regard to the Prophetic Scriptures and to the "signs of the time" reveals them to have no real understanding of who God is; this One who -

"... flies on the wings of the wind with fire in His eyes and darkness under His feet; whose pavilion round about Him is dark waters and thick clouds (Psalm 18:8-12)], for He cometh to judge the earth: He shall judge the world with [pure] righteousness, and the people with [absolute] truth." (Psalm 96:13)

He who is not frightened by such a Person is a FOOL! - and don't make the mistake that because He allows us to call Him "Father," we should not fear Him. In the Revelation, even John, the one who lay on Christ's breast during the "Last Supper," fell down as dead (in other words, he fainted) when He saw Jesus as He appears in Heaven. John wrote of his experience:

"I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,

"Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last …

"And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;

"And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.

"His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;

"And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.

"And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp two-edged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.

"AND WHEN I SAW HIM, I FELL AT HIS FEET AS DEAD." (Revelation 1:1017)

THE DIVINE PATTERN

This is the reaction of all those true servants of God, even those who like John - who was called by the Scriptures, "the beloved disciple" (cf. John 13:23). When they see Christ, THEY ARE MOVED WITH FEAR; that is to say, they TAKE ACTION; they OBEY Christ's commands - and it is exactly that willingness to TAKE ACTION with regard to Christ's commands that proves their love for Him. Jesus said:

"He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him." (John 14:21)

When we FEAR God, we OBEY Him; and that obedience demands that we TAKE ACTION; and in taking action, we prove that we LOVE Him; and Jesus said that "Whosoever loveth me will be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will MANIFEST myself to him." (John 14:21). Do you see the divine pattern here? -

  • Fear begets obedience.

  • Obedience begets action.

  • Action proves our love of Christ.

  • Because we love Christ, the Father will love us.

  • And Christ will manifest Himself to us.

And it all starts with FEAR! Again,

"The FEAR of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom ..." (Psalm 111:10)

PART 3: "PREPARED AN ARK"
THE CHURCH IS OUR ARK

The action that Noah took was this: "He prepared an ark to the saving of his house;" the ark we are commanded to prepare is the church (cf. Mat. 20:28); and just as the ark became a "habitation" (i.e., a place of refuge) for Noah and his family during the Flood, so also the church is to be our "spiritual habitation" (cf. Mat. 20:28) during the tempest that is soon - very soon now - to come up upon the whole earth. Concerning this arc - that is to say, the church - Jesus said -

"… the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." (Matthew 16:18)

And I must fore-warn you here, you had better be safe in the church (that is to say, the arc) when hell is let loose on the earth. In connection with this, you must understand that it is against the church - and not so much against us as individual Christians - that "the gates of hell shall not prevail."

We must be in the church, just as Noah had to be in the arc, if we are to survive what's about to occur. Do not be cavalier about this fact. Do not think that just because you are a so-called "Christian" you cannot "fall." Indeed, the Bible speaks very clearly of "apostate" or "fallen" Christians (e.g., Matthew chapter 24; Matthew chapters 18-22; Mark chapter 13; Luke chapter 19; etc.).

Finally, you must clearly grasp the fact that we are not speaking here of "the church in the air:" for example, the church of the internet where our brothers and sisters are merely "electri­cal impulses" suspended in the air; nor are we speaking of the church of the radio, nor the TV, nor the telephone. WE ARE SPEAKING OF THE CHURCH THAT "ASSEMBLES" ITSELF TOGETHER.

THE CHURCH LOCAL, AND
THE CHURCH UNIVERSAL

In connection with this, we should understand that the Bible speaks of the church in two ways: (1) the CHURCH UNIVERSAL, and (2) the CHURCH LOCAL. For example, in I Cor. 12:28 the Bible says:

“And God hath set some in the church (singular), first apostles, sec­ondly, prophets, thirdly, teachers ...” (I Cor. 12:28)

However, in the Revelation the Bible says,

“I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches (plural) which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.” (Rev. 1:11)

And again, in I Cor. 14:23 we read,

“... the whole church assembled to­gether ...” (I Cor. 14:23)

In the first instance (I Cor. 12:28), the Bible is referencing the CHURCH UNIVERSAL, and in the second instance (Revelation I:11 and I Corinthians 14:23), the Bible is referencing the CHURCH LOCAL.

In speaking of the CHURCH UNIVERSAL, the Bible is referencing all those believers of every race, ethnicity, nationality, culture, locality, language, and civilization - and even those who have died and are now with the Lord.

THE CHURCH LOCAL

When speaking of the CHURCH LOCAL, the Bible is referencing those believers who “assemble together” because they are physically able to do so - that is to say, they live in proximity with one another as in the two instances referenced above in Rev. 1:11 and I Cor. 14:23. IT IS THIS CHURCH - THE LOCAL CHURCH - THAT IS THE ARC THAT WE MUST BUILD! If the church that you have been building up is the church of the telephone, or the church of the TV, or the church of the radio, or the church of the internet, YOUR BUILDING HAS BEEN IN VAIN. It will not stand when -

"… the rains descend, and the floods come, and the winds blow, and beat upon your house." (Matthew 7:27)

Brothers and sisters, I tell you the truth: If what you are doing does not produce the church - and by that I mean, the Church LOCAL, the church that assembles itself together where you live - then ALL your work is in vain, and on THAT day when you appear before the Lord Jesus Christ, you will run the very grave risk of running afoul of Matthew 7:21-23:

"Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

"Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

"And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." (Matthew 7:21-23) [Please see Chapter V of the New Antipas Papers, "The Church."]

PART 4: "BY THE WHICH
HE CONDEMNED THE WORLD"
THE MACHINE VS. THE CHURCH

Now, again, pay attention: The Bible says that we are to build an arc against the tempest that is coming on the whole earth, and in the very act of building that arc, WE WILL CONDEMN THE WORLD:

"Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet [i.e. of things to come], moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; BY THE WHICH HE CONDEMNED THE WORLD …" (Hebrews 11:7)

Once again, in connection with this, it is important that you remember we are dealing with parallels here; that's what the Bible says: "As the days of Noe [Noah] were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be." (Matthew 24:37). And exactly what is it today that needs to be condemned: The kingdom of this world and the church that justifies that kingdom - and we speak here specifically of the American New World Order System and the American church with its worldwide system of "harlot churches." [Please see our articles, "Inside the American New World Order System" and "Mystery Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth."]

In June of 2005, I wrote an article entitled, "The Machine vs. The Church;" in it I explained the situation we face in confronting these Satanic counterfeits - by which I meant the American New World Order System and the American Church and its system of "harlot churches" throughout the world. [Please see our article, "The American Empire: The Corporate / Pentagon / CIA / Missionary Archipelago;" please also see our article, "Christians In Africa Awake: America and the American Church Are Not Your Friends."]

I wrote then:

A Colossal Machine

"Imagine a colossal Machine that moves about the earth gobbling up everything in its path. The acquisition of wealth and "precious things" is its sole preoccupation. It is sustained by its own forward motion, guided mainly by its own carnal appetites and it is growing larger and accelerating as it goes. It uproots whole populations in its quest for riches; it destroys communities, it devastates the environment, and it rolls over and crushes all those who get in its way. It possesses no conscience and no guiding set of moral values. It is, in fact, totally and completely Amoral. No government is able to stop it; it recognizes no boundaries, no borders, no higher authority. It allows no limits to be placed on its appetite, and its presence in the world is, in the words of author William Greider, 'transformational' in a very iniquitous way. Indeed, Greider sees the Machine pushing the world inexorably -

'... toward some sort of dark abyss'.

The Machine Demands Total Obedience

"The Machine is 'manned' by an army of robot-like workers, each with his own job to perform, each possessing his own special niche; each answerable to an HIERARCHY that permits no deviation from 'Standard Operating Procedures'. All independent thought is anathematized. TOTAL OBEDIENCE to the dictates of the HIERARCHY is demanded from all workers on the Machine. They must see themselves as having value only insofar as they have value to the Machine; and if and when they fail in their performance, or express any independent thought whatsoever, they are 'cast out' of the Machine and onto the mounds of wreckage left behind in the Machine's merciless track, there to rot while someone else - someone from the 'outside' eager to replace the worker on board the Machine, or someone from the 'inside' anxious to work his way up the HIERARCHY - steps in to replace him.

"Those who are cast aside become NON-PERSONS; human wrecks; derelicts alone on a sea without horizons; destitute itinerants without hope in this world. They are avoided like the plague, and their groveling, obsequious presence becomes a proverb against all those who would even think of challenging the Machine's omniscience."

The Machine Actually Exists

"This Machine actually exists in the world today. It is called the AMERICAN NEW WORLD ORDER SYSTEM and the fact of its reality is the one essential truth of EVERYONE’S social, economic and religious existence - and unless one intends to withdraw from the world altogether, there is no place to hide from it.

"It aims sooner or later to subsume and absorb into its mechanism the whole world and all of mankind, and to this end it has sent out into all the earth its 'priests and prophets' as plenipotentiaries and emissaries to extol its virtues to the 'masses' and to command the whole of mankind to bow down and serve it.

"The question before every person in the world today is, How does he or she relate to the machine? Do they submit to it, or do they resist?

The Machine's 'Priests and Prophets'

"The 'priests and prophets' who act as the Machine’s ambassadors and who scurry devoutly and piously about from nation to nation setting up temples of worship to the god of the Machine call themselves 'Christians', but they are not!

"Their god is MAMMON, and they are unceasing in their god's 'praise and worship', though they are careful to conceal his true identity from the poor of the earth – i.e., the hapless victims the Machine routinely savages and plunders - lest the poor rise up en masse against them: Hence their subterfuge. But what an empty subterfuge it is: Attempting to pass Mammon off in the guise of a Person (Christ) who EXPLICITLY condemned Mammon and juxtaposed Himself against him:

'No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye CANNOT serve God and mammon'. (Matt. 6:24)

"These are those Christians (so-called) about whom Jesus said:

'Ye HYPOCRITES, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying,

'This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.

'... in vain they do worship me ..." (Matt. 15:7-9) [Again, please see our article, "The Machine vs. The Church."]

The false Church that Serves the Machine

“'Ye CANNOT serve God and mammon'. That’s what the Bible says! But that’s not what the 'priests and prophets' of the Machine teach as they parade Christ around as a 'Captain of Industry' or as a CEO of some 'Fortune 500' company.

"These groveling acolytes – these sniveling altar boys to the god of the Machine - are deceivers, all of them; cheats and connivers pretending to be Christians while they serve the god of Money: Fakes and frauds like Ted Haggard of the World Prayer Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado who leads countless numbers of his congregates each Sunday in 'praise and worship' to his false god, and who teaches the LIE that the Machine is -

'God's vehicle for the spread of Christianity'. [Note: Haggard has since been defrocked for immoral conduct.]

Having a Form of Godliness

"What liars these people are! These are EXACTLY the people about whom the Bible warns us in relation to the 'end of days' when it says:

'This know also, that in the last days PERILOUS TIMES shall come.

'For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

'Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

'Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

'HAVING A FORM OF GODLINESS, but denying the power thereof: FROM SUCH TURN AWAY'. (2 Tim. 3:1-5) [And for those who continue to wonder, it is exactly for this reason that I have "TURNED AWAY" from my former associates, Alexander and Hymenaeus, who have taken my work, "watered it down" as pabulum, and in the process made it of no affect.]

"Now note carefully here: Paul is talking about (1) the condition of those who call themselves 'Christians', NOT those outside the faith; he is saying that in the 'LAST DAYS' men who are 'lovers of their own selves' shall administer and regulate the affairs of the 'established church'; and (2) that 'PERILOUS TIMES' shall result on account of them. Why? – because, as they scurry to and fro over the earth as plenipotentiaries of the Machine (i.e., the American New World Order System), they justify the work of the Machine and abet its ruinous and noxious progress throughout the earth.

"These men and women – these putrid, small-minded sycophants - have a 'FORM OF GODLINESS' (2 Tim. 3:1-5), but not the substance thereof. Behind the mask of 'piety' and 'godly devotion' they show off to the world are souls twisted with the lust for 'things'.

"Is it little wonder, then, that these self-absorbed, egocentric Christians would feel no guilt or remorse when - in their name and the name of their God - American multinational corporations and the military which supports them plunder the poor of the earth in countries such as Guatemala, Honduras, Thailand, the Philippines, the Ukraine, the former Yugoslavia, etc. for the benefit of the American New World Order System. What a 'turn-off' this kind of Christianity is to unbelievers! [Please see our articles, "Algeria: A Study of the Dreadful Two-Tiered System the U.S. Is Promoting Among Its Muslim Client-States" and "The Congo and American Greed."]

"Well did Jesus say of such Christians:

'Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell'? (Matt. 23:32-33)

Pathetic Servants of the Machine

"These so-called Christians, these pathetic servants of the Machine – are exactly what the apostle Paul describes them to be: 'Covetous', 'boasters', 'proud', 'unthankful', 'fierce', 'highminded', 'lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God', etc. - and so much so that there is not much to differentiate them from unbelievers. In other words, THESE ARE MEN AND WOMEN WHO WOULD FIND IT QUITE EASY AND EVEN 'NATURAL' TO IDENTIFY THEMSELVES WITH THE AVARICE AND SAVAGERY OF THE AMERICAN NEW WORLD ORDER SYSTEM. [Please see our article, "Today's Church; Making Zombies out of Christians: the Apostles and Prophets Movement."]

"Speaking concerning such people, the great nineteenth century Bible expositor, J.N. Darby, wrote:

'If we compare the list of sins and abominations at the beginning of the Epistle to the Romans [i.e., Romans 1:28-31], as characterizing heathen life and the moral degradation of men during those times of darkness and demon-worship [in the ancient world], with the catalogue of sins that characterize those who have the form of godliness [in the church in the 'last days' (see above - i.e., 2 Tim. 3:1-5)], we shall find that it is nearly the same, and morally quite the same; only that some of the open sins which mark the man who has no outward restraint [i.e., the man who patently defies God] are wanting here, the form of godliness precluding them and taking their place'.

"Darby continued:

'It is a solemn thought, that the same degradation which existed among the heathen [in the ancient world] is reproduced under Christianity [in the 'last days'] ... It has the same nature, the same passions, the same power of the enemy, with but the ADDITION OF HYPOCRISY ...'

What a Shallow Display of Virtue

"These are precisely the kind of Christians who have today gathered themselves around the American New World Order System. Concerning the twisted and perverted logic that buoys the thinking of such people, historian Edward S. Herman writes that somehow or other these nitwits and simpletons seem to believe that –

'… Clinton’s lies on the Lewinsky affair were a violation of a biblical commandment, whereas Bush’s serial lies [and the lies of other neocons] on Iraq’s immediate threat were by a moral man in a good cause and hence can be ignored'.

"What a shallow display of virtue! These people are beneath contempt! – nincompoops and dolts who routinely denounce 'liberals' as relativists lacking moral firmness and using double standards while they side with a president who lies about the presence of 'weapons of mass destruction' in Iraq and stand aside while the American military bombs the hell out of the Iraqi people, sending thousands and thousands of them, mostly innocent men, women and little children, to their graves as 'collateral damage' - a slaughter of innocents that far exceeds the number of killings attributable to the so-called 'insurgents'.

"This continuing slaughter is what Pat Robertson has called –

'… a movement in the heavenlies to break the power of deception so those people (the Iraqis) can be exposed to the gospel'.

Hypocrites: That's What These People Are

"Hypocrites! – that’s what these people are! Darby was right insofar as these Christian apologists for the sins of the American New World Order System are concerned! There is, in fact, very little to differentiate them from the heathen of the ancient world: They possess 'the same nature, the same passions, the same power of the enemy, with but the ADDITION OF HYPOCRISY ...' – and it is exactly for this reason that Jesus said of them:

'Woe unto you … HYPOCRITES! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within you are full of extortion and excess.

'Woe unto you … HYPOCRITES! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness.

'Even so YE ALSO OUTWARDLY APPEAR RIGHTEOUS UNTO MEN, BUT WITHIN YE ARE FULL OF HYPOCRISY AND INIQUITY'. (Matt. 23:25, 26-27)"

NEW WINE INTO NEW BOTTLES

There is NO possibility that this fake church can be reformed! It is UTTERLY condemned by Christ as apostate. [Please see Chapter XIII in the New Antipas Papers, "The Woman of Revelation 17."]

Jesus said:

"No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse.

"Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved." (Matthew 9:17)

One cannot over-estimate the importance of this passage of Scripture: "NEW WINE MUST GO INTO NEW BOTTLES."

In preparing our arc against the tempest which is shortly to come, we must not have ANYTHING to do with the apostate American church nor the American New World Order System it justifies. If we tolerate even the smallest relationship with either of these twin entities, it will be tantamount to pouring new wine into old bottles. The old bottles will burst, and the new wine that we have been commissioned to dispense to the world will be spilled out on the ground and wasted.

GOD'S ANTIDOTE: THE "GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM"

The new wine that we have been given to dispense to the world is the "Gospel of the Kingdom," and it has a very special relationship to the "end of days;" specifically, it is God's ANTIDOTE to the claims of the American New World Order System - claims that can only be a "turn-off" to the poor of the world who see the American New World Order System and the church that justifies it as frauds. [We URGE you to see our article, "The Kingdom of God Is at Hand (Part 1: The Gospel Of The Kingdom)" and "The Principles Of The Kingdom (Part 2: The Gospel Of The Kingdom);" it is absolutely essential that you understand what the Bible means by the "Gospel of the Kingdom."]

The fact is, most of the poor in the world see today's Christianity as a rich, white man's religion having NOTHING to do with them. Sadly, Islam is more a religion of the poor than is Christianity. What do the poor of the world want to do with a religion that justifies the very system - i.e., the American New World Order System - that oppresses and brutalizes them? How is it possible, then, for us to preach the "Gospel of the Kingdom" while still maintaining even the slightest connection to these twin counterfeits, specifically, the American Empire and the American Church? Very obviously, it's not possible! That is precisely why the "New Wine of the Gospel of the Kingdom" must be poured into a new bottle. And be very clear here, the bottle into which this new wine must be poured is the CHURCH LOCAL (the "arc" we have been commissioned to build), NOT the church of the internet, the church of the radio, the church of the TV, nor the church of the telephone; these "entities" - i.e., the church of the internet, the church of the radio, the church of the TV, and the church of the telephone - won't "float" when the tempest comes!

PART 5: "BECOMING AN HEIR OF THE
RIGHTEOUSNESS WHICH IS BY FAITH"

The Bible says:

"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." (Hebrews 11:1)

Think about that for a minute: "The substance of things hoped for, THE EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN."

The word "evidence" denotes "confirmation" or "PROOF." When Christ commands, our "PROOF" as to the efficacy of His rationale and thinking (as it were) lies in the fact of His command. We need no other proof!

The Prophetic Scriptures are enough for us! Our hope lies in the reality of those Scriptures, even though - at the time - what they command us to do seems FOOLISH; even though there may exist NOTHING that the world would call proof; and even though what we have been commanded to do entails great financial, psychological, and physical hardship.

Like Noah, we have committed ourselves to a task, the sense of which is not discernable using the force of human logic; our hope rests "on things not seen (or perceived) as yet." By this we prove that we are an heir to the righteousness which is by faith.

Some might object, saying that such proof is not necessary; but that's not what the Scriptures say. The Bible says:

"What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?

"If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,

"And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?

"Even so FAITH, IF IT HATH NOT WORKS, IS DEAD, being alone.

"Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.

"Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

"But wilt thou know, O vain man, that FAITH WITHOUT WORKS IS DEAD?" (James 2:14-20)

What's the Bible saying here? - plainly, that your faith must result in action, and if it does not, than your faith is dead! Noah proved his faith by obeying God and building the arc. (Hebrews 11:7); and that's how every other servant of God has proved his or her faith: Abraham (Hebrews 11:8); Sarah (Hebrews 11:11); Isaac (Hebrews 11:20); Jacob (Hebrews 11:21); Joseph (Hebrews 11:22); Moses (Hebrews 11:23); Rahab (11:31); Gedeon, Barak, Samson, Jephthae, David, Samuel, the prophets (Hebrews 11:32), etc.

And so also with us; it's by faith that our eyes have been opened; that we have been delivered from the power of Satan; that we have received forgiveness of sins (Acts 26:18). It's by faith that we are accounted for as "just." (Romans 1:17); it's by faith that -

"… we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." (Romans 5:1)

It's by faith that -

"… we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God." (Romans 5:2)

It's by faith that we have our "walk" with God (2 Cor. 5:7); it's by faith that we are accounted for as "children of God" (Galatians 3:26); it's by faith that Christ dwells in our hearts (Ephesians 3:17).

Without faith, the Bible says that -

"… it is IMPOSSIBLE to please God." (Hebrews 11:6)

BUT YOU MUST REMEMBER HERE, WE SPEAK OF THE KIND OF FAITH THAT RESULTS IN ACTION.

When our faith results in action, we PROVE to the world, and all "the principalities and powers of the air" that we are "HEIRS OF THE RIGHTEOUSNESS WHICH IS BY FAITH." (Hebrews 11:7)

WHAT SHOULD WE DO NOW?

What should you do now? Well, first of all, you must realize that you - along with countless others - face a very grave decision. The Bible says:

"Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.

"The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining. (Joel 3:13-15)

"MULTITUDES, MULTITUDES IN THE VALLEY OF DECISION, FOR THE DAY OF THE LORD IS NEAR." The world is about ready to be reaped [Joel 3:13-15 (above)] - and you're Christianity is about to be tested. [Please see Chapter VIII of the New Antipas Papers, "Tribulation and Judgment."]

In this test, it's not what you claim to be that will count for anything, but what you really are: What you PROVE yourself to be. Again, the Bible says:

"NOT EVERY ONE THAT SAITH UNTO ME, LORD, LORD, SHALL ENTER INTO THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven." (Matt. 7:21)

The Bible says, "AS THE DAYS OF NOAH WERE, SO ALSO SHALL THE COMING OF THE SON OF MAN BE!" As Noah was commanded to build an arc, so we have been commanded to build the church, a church that the Lord can JUXTAPOSE against that evil entity that serves the "Beast" and calls herself God's representative on earth. WE CAN'T DO THAT BY OURSELVES! We need others to build with us; we need others to "assemble" themselves together with us in the locality we live so that we can TOGETHER dispense the "New Wine" of the "Gospel of the Kingdom." [Once again, we URGE you to see our articles, "The Principles Of The Kingdom (Part 2: The Gospel Of The Kingdom);"]

We URGE you to reach out to your community with the DVD we have sent you. [If you have not yet ordered the DVD, please do so now. It is FREE!]

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Believe me, you will cause a commotion as you invite people to your home to see it, or pass the DVD out [If you are having trouble copying the DVD, order more from us; we will send you additional copies if and when funds permit.] Most will probably reject the message [i.e., the "New Wine of the Gospel of the Kingdom"] that you are dispensing, just as most who heard Christ's message of salvation, rejected it. But there will be many who will listen, and who will ponder deeply what you are saying, and sooner or later, IF YOU PERSIST, they will come to you and ask questions. Open your home up to these people. Begin gathering together with them to study this matter, and to beseech the Lord for guidance.

Some will say, I am not "learned" enough to do this; well, if that's the case, we URGE you to avail yourself of the "Antipas School." IT IS FREE TO ALL! You can take the school "on line," or you can come to one of our centers that we are in the process of setting up around the country for help.

If you have any questions regarding this matter, we URGE you to phone FRED PALMQUIST at (916) 455-1719. If he is not there when you phone, LEAVE A MESSAGE, and he will phone you back! Don't be shy about these things.

Sometime this fall or early winter, brother Eugene Bonsu from Ghana is coming to be with us for a while. We will let you know when and where as the time draws closer. He will bring news as to what's going on in Africa with regard to the message we preach. Others will also be coming from time to time. We will give you details when appropriate. BELIEVE ME, YOU ARE NOT ALONE IN THE STRUGGLE TO WHICH THE LORD HAS CALLED US.

As most of you know, my wife and I (along with our son, Jack) had been planning to relocate to Germany. But we have decided to postpone our going so that we can get things started here in the United States. To that end, we are planning to make ourselves available to come and see as many of you as we can, and to discuss all this with you on a PERSONAL basis. Each one of you are precious to us.

In four days, I am leaving with my wife of 45 years, Lucy, for the Northwest to be my very special "Timothy," Sean Mayfield and his new wife, Tricia. Shortly thereafter, we are planning to go to St. Louis to be with another of our very special co-workers, Jim Nesbit and his new wife, Lynne.

When we can, we also our planning to travel abroad to see the many, many dear Christians all around the world who have pledged themselves to the message of this ministry.

Please stand with us in all of this. Pray earnestly for us, and please extend as much financial aid as you can, we simply do not have the funds to do all this by ourselves - what we have embarked upon here is not a small thing.

God bless you all,

S.R. Shearer
Antipas Ministries

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